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A Letter To True

A Letter To True (2004)

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50

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 70

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Movie Info

This film is a collection of the director's favorite images of his dogs, friends, and historical world events.

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Bruce Weber, Chin-yen Yee

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Weber's mythologising of American loss of innocence (what, again?) and his homilies on world peace play on tired liberal totems like Martin Luther King and John Lennon and sit uncomfortably with an over-arching sense of sentimental nationalism.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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If you don't have a dog waiting for you at home after seeing A Letter to True, you'll want one.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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What at first glance seem like random episodes involving animals are actually lyrical impressions connected by the idea of unconditional love.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This is an elegant junk drawer of a movie, and the junkiest aspect is Weber's wooly-minded sentimentality about his pampered, shampooed, fussed-over pooches, which receive better medical attention than the poor Haitians he briefly frets about.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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While Weber's voice-over throughout the film often strains for profundity on subjects such as 9/11 and the Iraq War, he's concise and on point in relating Bogarde and Forwood's love story.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A collage of everything that's important to Weber. But what's important to a rich, successful photographer/filmmaker with time and money on his hands is not necessarily important to anyone else.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Fascinating just as a microcosm of one man's personality and life.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

If this epistolary documentary - voiced aloud with pictures to the photographer/film-maker's favourite pup and co-canines - meandered any more than it does, it could be arrested for vagrancy.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It remains eminently watchable and there's no doubting the affection Weber feels for his chums, pedigree or otherwise.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It's as precious and disarming as Weber's films always are, albeit with even more slo-mo shots of wet mutts at the seaside than usual.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Few film-makers would try anything so definitively personal; Weber doesn't always get away with it, but what emerges here is always interesting. And nicely shot, too.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The film, a rambling love-letter to Weber's favourite doggy, True, crudely interweaves the photographer's usual obsessions - tough, shirtless boys and faded Hollywood stars - with meaningless ruminations how, like, war is really bad.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

[A] lovely, evocative documentary.

February 24, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Weber is a sly raconteur with great names to drop, and his doggie footage is a kick.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Like a blog, True is a rambling discourse into the heart and mind of its creator, a series of disassociated musings that aren't intended for a wide audience.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

More a quasi-autobiographical meditation than a conventional documentary, A Letter to True continues Bruce Weber's scrapbook approach to cinema.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...the disjointed nature of the work [of A Letter to True] kept me from embracing it.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Eventually, Weber's theme is recognizable, but never cogent...animal lovers looking for a canine paean will find small nuggets to savor

October 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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