If I didn’t regularly read and revere The New York Times, I doubt that I would have had so much patience for this documentary. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi has great access inside the paper, which is fascinating to see, but structurally the film is challenged.
Papers are in trouble? We know that. Technology is changing the way journalism works? We know that. It would be terrible if The New York Times folded? We know that, too.
Still, despite the fact that I’d like a stronger narrative focus in this documentary and some deeper insights into the life of the newspaper, I was engaged simply because I have an inordinate interest in journalism and am passionately devoted to The Gray Lady.
If you feel the same way, by all means make it a point to see Page One: Inside The New York Times. You won’t regret it.