Chris & Don Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
March 8, 2009
A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade
February 27, 2009
A great, revealing documentary; one of the best films released in 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 19, 2008
Long before anyone was talking about gay marriage, that's what Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy had
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 1, 2008
Despite an age difference of 30 years, their connection was immediately electric; their first kiss, the story goes, broke a window.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2008
Surprisingly, this 2007 documentary about their 34-year relationship becomes more engrossing as its focus shifts from Isherwood to Bachardy...
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 31, 2008
It's a sentimental and loving picture, playing out as a leisurely cocktail-hour stroll through an enchanting life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
July 27, 2008
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 24, 2008
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.
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
July 24, 2008
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.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
July 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 3, 2008
A charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance between Isherwood and Bachardy.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 29, 2008
The subtitle of the film is 'A Love Story.' The picture makes the worn term fresh, moving.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 13, 2008
Chris & Don: A Love Story examines a complicated and enduring relationship that raised eyebrows even in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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