Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Directed byGriffin Dunne
Produced by
  • Griffin Dunne
  • Annabella Dunne
  • Mary Recine
  • Susanne Rostock
Edited byAnn Collins
Music byNathan Halpern
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) (New York Film Festival)
  • October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold is a 2017 documentary film about Joan Didion and her work.[1][2][3]

The film was released by Netflix on October 10, 2017.


In the film, director Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion's nephew, incorporates archival footage and conversations with Didion about the eras she covered in essays, novels and screenplays, as well as events in her personal life.[4]



It was released on October 27, 2017 on Netflix streaming.[5]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 89% based on reviews from 35 critics. The site's consensus states: "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold pays tribute to an American literary legend with a richly personal perspective that should thrill devotees while enlightening newcomers."[6] On Metacritic it has a score of 72% based on reviews from 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


  1. ^ Roger Ebert (October 27, 2017). "JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Alissa Wilkinson (Oct 26, 2017). "Joan Didion is more interesting than the new Netflix documentary about her". Vox. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Jake Nevins (25 Oct 2017). "Joan Didion director: 'She's always been painted as this mystic, gloomy figure'". The Guardian. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  4. ^ JACOB BACHARACH (October 27, 2017). "Joan Didion Is the Best Thing About Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold". The New Republic. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Netflix.
  6. ^ "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-04-04.

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