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Chris & Don: A Love Story Reviews

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

November 24, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Andrew O'Hehir
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[A] much-celebrated documentary from the festival circuit.

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June 13, 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
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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

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
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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 11, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 9, 2008
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