Movies Like Chris & Don: A Love Story

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Chris & Don: A Love Story Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 8, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

A great, revealing documentary; one of the best films released in 2008

Full Review Source: Orange County and Long Beach Blade | Original Score: A-

February 27, 2009
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

There are many reasons to see Chris & Don, but the best one I can think of is the chance to see Isherwood and his best friend W.H. Auden, probably the greatest poet of the twentieth century, jumping around together like middle-aged schoolboys in beguiling

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 25, 2008
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

The documentary, made after Isherwood's death and with Bachardy's enthusiastic participation, is as much a love story as a chronicle of Bachardy's maturation into a man and an artist.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2008
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

Long before anyone was talking about gay marriage, that's what Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy had

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 9/10

September 19, 2008
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Isherwood was the far more interesting subject, but Chris & Don is all about Bachardy -- an observation that feels like opportunism more than love story.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

August 1, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Despite an age difference of 30 years, their connection was immediately electric; their first kiss, the story goes, broke a window.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Surprisingly, this 2007 documentary about their 34-year relationship becomes more engrossing as its focus shifts from Isherwood to Bachardy...

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 1, 2008
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

It's a sentimental and loving picture, playing out as a leisurely cocktail-hour stroll through an enchanting life.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B+

July 31, 2008
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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There's a bit of Pygmalion meets The Portrait of Dorian Gray to it, and yet part of the documentary's slyness involves probing those aspects while never losing sight of the pain and glories of any emotional relationship that lasts as long as

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

A charming, loving portrait electrified by the inclusion of lots of terrific home movie footage. These relics of gay history are worth the rest of the movie.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

July 27, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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With delectable-looking home movies of the couple's travels in California and Europe, Chris and Don offers an intimate portrayal of a passionate, enduring association, as well as a social history of postwar life.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 24, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

Regardless of whether you recognize the names of Christopher Isherwood or Don Bachardy, this masterful documentary draws you into the men's lives like a star-studded bedtime tale.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

July 24, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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Santi and Mascara are right to call their film A Love Story, because this is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

July 18, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

It's an extraordinary film that gay audiences will find particularly salient, no doubt, yet audiences with an affinity for the writings of Isherwood or nostalgia for the golden age of Hollywood may find it intriguing as well.

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

July 7, 2008
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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A charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance between Isherwood and Bachardy.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 3, 2008
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The subtitle of the film is 'A Love Story.' The picture makes the worn term fresh, moving.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 29, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Isherwood and Bachardy's story features cameos by a galaxy of literary and cinema stars, but few are as impressive as the protagonists, who defied the conventions of their times by living openly as a happy, well-adjusted couple.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 19, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The work is a reflective hodgepodge of unnervingly 'cute' animation, reenactments, archival footage, and Bachardy's own reminiscences, spoken in the singular British accent he invented just as he invented his own unorthodox life.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

June 13, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Chris & Don: A Love Story examines a complicated and enduring relationship that raised eyebrows even in Hollywood.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2008
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