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Chrystal Reviews

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April 15, 2005
This would have been a better movie if it was just the Chrystal and Joe story... without some of the side bar events that don't advance the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brad Slager
Film Threat
March 16, 2004
A two-hour film that contains a story that could have been smoothly detailed in thirty minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 16, 2005
Moves at a virtually glacial pace, dramatizing its story less than entombing it...lacks the radiance it obviously aspires to.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Kronke
Los Angeles Daily News
June 10, 2005
While some of the low-key atmospherics are effective, and Thornton suffers with exquisite quietude, some important scenes unfortunately are clumsily staged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 23, 2005
No slam against the O Brother ,Where Art Thou? soundtrack but Chrystal could give it a run for its money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 8, 2005
... a masterful and assured movie about the ways broken people try to mend connections and carry on.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
May 27, 2005
Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2005
Even those impatient viewers who feel like they're watching paint dry will admit that the colors are beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 3, 2004
If the as well-performed, better directed star-filled Levity is worth only 50 screens in its widest release, you'd have to think that Chrystal is headed for similar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
April 13, 2005
Triple threat writer/actor/director Ray McKinnon renders a strange tale set in the beauty of the Ozarks.
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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 1, 2005
A sometimes audacious, occasionally downright brilliant, always watchable work that somehow just misses being wholly successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 21, 2005
An affecting melodrama that's deep-fried in Southern heritage right down to its ribs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2005
Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
March 16, 2004
A harrowing and indelible evocation of loss and the fragility of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
March 16, 2004
A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2005
An oddly beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
April 17, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 22, 2005
Looks and feels authentic in a way only a Southern director is likely to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 27, 2005
It's meandering and uneven, but much of it is powerfully effective and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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