Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
April 21, 2015
Tense, twisting crime docu is deeply disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Know as little going in as possible. The film's tragedy predates Facebook and Twitter, but the rapid-fire way in which its memorials are edited and the scope of those offering them feels like social-network expression of grief - fast, immediate, unifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
July 3, 2009
A powerful home movie about real-world evil and good
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennifer Merin
May 27, 2009
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne set out to make a memorial about his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, with the intention of giving the tribute to Dr. Bagby's son, Zachary, so the boy--unborn at the time of Dr. Bagby's brutal murder, would know about the father whom h
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 2, 2009
One hell of a heart-wrenchingly sad, blisteringly angry, profoundly heartfelt movie that dares you to walk away with a shrug and a glib quip.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2009
The most ambitious work of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 26, 2009
Emocionalmente exaustivo. Não, mais: devastador. Profundamente devastador.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 9, 2008
After it's through, a lot will have been said about friendship, injustice, and both faith in and letdown from the legal system, along with the intriguing thought that moral fortitude provides both its own punishments and rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 8, 2008
A documentary that never should have been made, this film is maudlin tabloid journalism thrown onto the screen. All we get in the end is a cry for revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 30, 2008
Long after the credits roll one will be rendered both empty and lifted by a bewildered family's sudden forbidden journey into the abyss of emotional darkness.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
November 25, 2008
It's a brutal emotional experience.
Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 25, 2008
Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennifer Miller
Premiere Magazine
November 25, 2008
The phrase labor of love is so often tossed about, but Kurt Kuenne's emotionally wrenching documentary is absolutely that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 20, 2008
A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 19, 2008
The most emotionally powerful film of 2008... as deeply personal as any film you will ever see.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 14, 2008
A sincere heartfelt documentary about life, death and murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stan Hall
November 14, 2008
You have no idea how much harder Dear Zachary ends up hitting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 13, 2008
One of the best films of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Barsanti
November 11, 2008
a documentary of wrenching pathos
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 10, 2008
While it truly is a sad tale of friendship and loss, it is far more unexpected, anguished and absolutely sincere. You may see it coming, but you will feel the emotional impact that will haunt you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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