Danielson: A Family Movie Reviews

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
January 19, 2007
Shot on digital and layered with animated segments, performance footage and clips from Smith family home movies, Family Movie unfolds with a gentle, justified confidence in the power of its subject.
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2007
Aronson's film is a fond portrait, loaded with bizarre, haunting music and Smith's off-kilter inspirations.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 14, 2006
There is an undeniable quirky appeal to the creative world of Daniel Smith, though those who hope a behind-the-scenes look will explain his motivation or personality won't find the enigma resolved here.
Dave White
Movies.com
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
January 21, 2007
... it's hard to imagine anyone not in the actual family (or at least the presold family of fans) being interested enough to stick it out for the entire hour and 45 minutes.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 15, 2006
What Danielson doesn't do enough of is reveal [Daniel] Smith's music on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
December 14, 2006
J L Aronson's documentary is about Daniel Smith, a musician who performs Christian music that is a world away from most of what is heard under that label.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 14, 2006
From his irritating squeak of a voice to an infantile stage presence that includes dressing himself as a multifruit-bearing tree, Smith's comical incompetence wins him the adoration of adolescent misfits.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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