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Chris & Don: A Love Story Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Chris & Don opts too often for the cute over the wrenching.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 11, 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
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
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

One of the most positive, affecting portrayals of queer romance in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 12, 2008
Don Willmott

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 8, 2009
Nick Schager

A real-life romance to put all those rom-com fairy tales to shame.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

June 12, 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
Sarah Boslaugh

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
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
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
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

July 31, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Affecting and beautifully realized documentary.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2008
Kent Turner

visually-rich documentary

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 2008
John Anderson
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While they might have had their ups and downs, the subjects of Chris & Don are a testament to fidelity.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

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
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
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

A love unique in every respect -- nothing to sniff at and forever to be treasured.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

May 5, 2008
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