Publisher McFarland & Co. describes Pollack:
One finds that his style is marked by deliberate pacing, ambiguous endings, and metaphorical love stories. Topically, Pollack's films reflect social, cultural, and political dilemmas that hold some fascination for him, with multidimensional characters in place that generally break the stereotypical molds of the situations.
Pollack, too, often shared his film experience with readers through introductions to reference works including Sanford Meisner on Acting (Knopf, 1987), Basil Hoffman's Acting and How To Be Good At It (Ingenuity, 2007), and Timothy Bricknell's Minghella on Minghella (Faber, 2005).
Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography by Janet L. Meyer was published in December 2007.