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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

May 26, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A documentary with all the suspense, comedy, pathos and surprise of a great narrative film...

| Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2006
Cynthia Fuchs

"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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

May 13, 2006
Raoul Hernandez
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 13, 2006
Shawn Levy

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

May 12, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 12, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2006
Angela Baldassarre

Demonic and riveting, but I'm still not a fan.

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May 9, 2006
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

May 6, 2006
Robert Hanks

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2006
Matt McNally

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

May 6, 2006
Peter Bradshaw

The troubled singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston is the subject of an entertaining documentary.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2006
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Johnston's music has touched many; his story deserves to reach far, far more.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2006
Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine

Occasionally slides into a breathless fan tribute, but nonetheless an affectionate and candid portrait of a troubled artist.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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To share Feuerzeig's loving investigation is to share an insightful study of the destructive and creative capabilities of the mind.

Full Review Source: Time Out

May 4, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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This well-done documentary will explain why Johnston has never been able to rise above cult status ...

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2006
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

April 28, 2006
Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

April 28, 2006
Jonathan Takiff
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

April 28, 2006
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