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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 26, 2006
Feuerzeig focuses his attention not just on Johnston but on his friends ... who had to clean up the messes left after Johnston's episodes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 26, 2006
The nature and sound of Johnston's music is an acquired taste, and that also goes for director Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary -- though the film is intelligent and approaches the various mental-health issues addressed here in a sensitive manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 26, 2006
A documentary with all the suspense, comedy, pathos and surprise of a great narrative film...
| Original Score: 4/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 13, 2006
"I think he was having fun teasing me. What do you think?" Daniel Johnston's mother and father are still trying to figure out their perplexing child, even now, when he's 44 years old.
Raoul Hernandez
Austin Chronicle
May 13, 2006
At the end of the day, Johnston's childlike stream of unrequited love landed him on MTV, Atlantic Records, and now a feature-length theatrical recounting of his life. Take that, Satan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 12, 2006
You wouldn't want to be Daniel Johnston, or even know him too well. But see this film and you won't forget him.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 11, 2006
Though Feuerzeig's film isn't quite successful at underlining what exactly it is about Johnston's childlike art that makes him so appealing, the documentary works superbly at proving Johnston is insane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
May 9, 2006
Demonic and riveting, but I'm still not a fan.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 6, 2006
Heartbreaking, funny and inspirational, in equal measure - it'll also make you want to buy at least one Daniel Johnston album and you'll probably find yourself singing Casper the Friendly Ghost for the rest of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
May 6, 2006
As a demonstration of how to put a life on screen, it is exemplary in its thoroughness and willingness to allow a multiplicity of views.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt McNally
BBC.com
May 6, 2006
Rock 'n' roll's capacity for recycling legend means the stories of Johnston's life, and the way in which they're told, could easily fall into cliché. Instead they are original, engrossing and sometimes heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 6, 2006
The troubled singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston is the subject of an entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
May 5, 2006
Johnston's music has touched many; his story deserves to reach far, far more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2006
Occasionally slides into a breathless fan tribute, but nonetheless an affectionate and candid portrait of a troubled artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 4, 2006
To share Feuerzeig's loving investigation is to share an insightful study of the destructive and creative capabilities of the mind.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 28, 2006
This well-done documentary will explain why Johnston has never been able to rise above cult status ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2006
Feuerzeig was able to fashion such a thorough, engaging film partly because aficionados such as Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth shot so much footage of Johnston performing and acting out.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2006
Like Capturing the Friedmans, Devil is loaded with revealing footage, rife with psychodrama, including a creepy home movie in which the teenage Johnston plays himself and his overbearing mother.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Takiff
Philadelphia Daily News
April 28, 2006
Despite the overstating of his artistic case, I still found Jeff Feuerzeig's film account incredibly compelling, in a freaky, can't-help- but-stare-at-the- roadside-accident kind of way.
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