I’ve often wondered what people depicted in documentaries think about the end result, but this was the first time I wondered what a film subject might’ve written in a review. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael profiles the legendary film critic who came into her trade by happenstance and wound up redefining the craft. The film explores how the California native honed her chops over nearly two decades before landing a job at the New Yorker in 1968, where she eschewed the stuffy tone of elitist “gentlemen critics” (as she called them) for something more conversational and passionate. But though her prose reflected her perspective as an everyday moviegoer, she remained unbeholden to popular taste or commercial interests, deriding films she felt manipulated viewers, and championing innovation and emerging talent. What She Said arrives at an interesting time in popular discourse concerning the role of the critic, and it offers plenty of insight on that topic as well as wisdom for any writer striving to develop their voice and achieve excellence on their terms.