"When filming experimentally and painting neo-classically, [Joyce] Wieland is in full command of her materials, but in The Far Shore, control has passed to a narrative form with imperatives that can be met readily by hacks but only with great effort and luck by artists of Wieland's stature. To make a successful narrative film (thoughtful or thoughtless, it doesn't matter), the ability to second-guess an audience's reaction to a line of dialogue or to a bit of business is all-important; otherwise, the message is lost in unwanted laughter."
-- Jay Scott
Scott, Jay. "Full circle." Canadian Art, March 1987. (p. 63)