Chris & Don Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
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-
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2008
One of the most positive, affecting portrayals of queer romance in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Don Willmott
March 8, 2009
A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
June 12, 2008
A real-life romance to put all those rom-com fairy tales to shame.
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
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
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.
Brian Orndorf
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 13, 2008
Affecting and beautifully realized documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
June 13, 2008
visually-rich documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
June 12, 2008
While they might have had their ups and downs, the subjects of Chris & Don are a testament to fidelity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2008
What could have been sordid emerges instead as fiercely funny and touching. Even the animated sequences featuring the lovers the way they imagined themselves - Chris as a horse, Don as a cat - resonate with feeling and blunt truth.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
May 5, 2008
A love unique in every respect -- nothing to sniff at and forever to be treasured.
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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...
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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
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