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Chris & Don Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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...
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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
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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.
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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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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 13, 2008
[A] much-celebrated documentary from the festival circuit.
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 13, 2008
Affecting and beautifully realized documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 13, 2008
Though a bit too conventional to perfectly reflect the unique affair at its center, Chris & Don is likely to inspire romantics of all kinds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 11, 2008
Chris & Don: A Love Story does what a good documentary should. It informs the mind and broadens the horizon while never losing its entertainment value.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 9, 2008
Primed as we are by a culture rich in both homophobia and dirty old men, we can be forgiven for anticipating a sordid cautionary tale. It's a shock -- a happy shock -- when Chris & Don recounts a love that approaches the transcendental.