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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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Cole Smithey

While the movie is interesting as a curiosity, it ultimately reflects on the people who erroneously believe in the heightened quality of Johnston's overrated music.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

April 20, 2009
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

While a bit draggy in places, the film nonetheless holds up quite well as an enjoyable biopic of a underground musical madman. The "genius" moniker does get dangled a bit too often, there's certainly enough beauty and power in Daniel Jonston's music to su

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Riveting even when it borders on the hagiographic.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

November 13, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Resembles Crumb in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... a haunting portrait of an artist walking on the edge, that shows his pain in a very real way.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

September 16, 2006
Michael Senft
Arizona Republic
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The Devil and Daniel Johnston is an unflinching yet loving look at the outsider musician's life. It's also the most revealing look at genius and mental illness since Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary Crumb.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Regardless of whether you like Daniel Johnston's music or, indeed, whether you can even tolerate it, Johnston is an undeniably riveting documentary subject

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 20, 2006
Timothy Knight

A haunting, frequently unsettling documentary about the blurry line between madness and genius.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 15, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A paean to the artist as a tortured genius. I can't deny that Johnston has the tortured part down pat. It's the genius part I'm having trouble accepting.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 12, 2006
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A fascinating look at this epically tortured artist.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 8/10

July 7, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

What makes Devil fascinating is the harrowing arc of Johnston's life. This is a story of youthful promise undermined by horrendous mental illness.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"The Devil and Daniel Johnston" is really something special, avoiding easy answers, skirting the expected cliches, drawing us deeper into the life of a fascinating and complex man.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2006
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

By far the best film of this first half of 2006.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

June 29, 2006
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Feuerzeig's kaleidoscopic film is the perfect frame for Daniel Johnston's odd world.

June 23, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational, exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a biographical sketch of the artist as madman and as a meditation on the prerogatives of genius.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 93/100

June 9, 2006
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There's something truly illuminating in the telling of Daniel Johnston's story and his painful struggle with bipolar disorder.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 8, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Touching, funny and sad.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2006
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Both riveting and disturbing to watch.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 3, 2006
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Since Johnston was prolific and a pack rat, director Jeff Feuerzeig had access to a life's worth of audio recordings, short films and animation dating back to the formative equivalent of the refrigerator art of Johnston's childhood.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2006
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