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Daughter from Danang Reviews

Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Stands as a powerful record of a truly historic event in the annals of rap.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2004

Arizona Republic
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December 3, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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I'm more familiar with Jersey than with Jay-Z, but I found it difficult to watch this concert (shot in 2003) without gaining some appreciation for the rapper's rapid-fire verbal acrobatics.

| Original Score: B

December 3, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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A concert film that captures last year's Garden party along with well-orchestrated, if not especially revealing, behind-the-scenes footage.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 12, 2004
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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A spectacular concert documentary that also gives some fascinating insights into the making of 'The Black Album.'

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 5, 2004
Ashante Infantry
Toronto Star
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Against a vibrant, well-lit backdrop, he performs his biggest hits with an intensity and clarity that should allow even the uninitiated to appreciate the lyrical dexterity which makes him the genre's dean, the first rapper profiled on 60 Minutes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

November 5, 2004
Joshunda Sanders
San Francisco Chronicle
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Much as with official corporate send-offs, the excitement of this documentary builds steadily for about five minutes and then, before you know it, there's nothing left to see.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Relentlessly upbeat infomercial.

| Original Score: 1/4

November 5, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Mostly comprises rousing, well-edited concert footage that shows off Jay-Z's talent as a dynamic live performer.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2004
Evelyn McDonnell
Miami Herald
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Documents a concert that by all accounts -- certainly by the looks on the faces of the audience -- was one for the history books.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2004
Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
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It will be interesting only to die-hard hip-hop enthusiasts.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 5, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie has the good sense to stay focused on the music.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though Fade to Black veers into vanity-production territory at such moments, it mostly is a triumph of stagecraft and speaker-blowing freestyling.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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If you knew nothing else about rap, you'd know from watching him in action that the man knows what he's doing. And, when you can hear what his audience is shouting back, you feel the burn of his energy and breadth of his power.

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

November 4, 2004
Ned Martel
New York Times
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The rapper Jay-Z performs his own movie-length swan song set to thumping rhythms in Madison Square Garden.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2004

Los Angeles Times
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This is standard concert-film fare geared to the faithful.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 4, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The film doesn't manage to achieve for hip-hop what the great rock concert films of the past have done for their musical genre.

November 4, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Certainly a boon for Jay-Z fans.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

November 4, 2004
Phil Gallo
Variety
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Smartly directed by Pat Paulson and Michael John Warren and nicely lensed, the material sufficiently establishes the rarefied air Jay-Z occupies.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 4, 2004
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Whether a legend was born (or retired) that night at the Garden remains to be seen, but even on film, it was one killer show.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2004
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
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The real case made by co-directors Patrick Paulson and Michael John Warren in this routinely assembled live document is that, onstage, Jay-Z's dominance is no fluke.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 4, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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You thought there was Red State America and Blue State America? Welcome to Jay-Z America. It's not your father's crossover rap show.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2004
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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He may have 99 problems, but a glitch ain't one.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 2, 2004

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 27, 2003
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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It rapidly develops into a gut-wrenching examination of the way cultural differences and emotional expectations collide.

| Original Score: 4/4

February 13, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Maybe Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 13, 2002
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Dolgin and Franco fashion a fascinating portrait of a Vietnamese-born youngster who eagerly and easily assimilated as an all-American girl with a brand new name in southern Tennessee.

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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That rare documentary that incorporates so much of human experience -- drama, conflict, tears and surprise -- that it transcends the normal divisions between fiction and nonfiction film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

November 29, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Like other great documentaries ... this goes after one truth (the Ford administration's complicity in tearing 'orphans' from their mothers) and stumbles upon others even more compelling.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

November 27, 2002
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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The film's almost unbearable portrait of sadness and grief transcends its specific story to speak to the ways in which need, history and presumption tangle, and sometimes destroy, blood ties.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 14, 2002
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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It isn't really to the credit of the makers of Daughter from Danang -- which understandably won the 2002 Sundance prize for best documentary -- that it turns out be so gripping.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Whatever heartwarming scene the impressively discreet filmmakers may have expected to record with their mini DV, they show a remarkable ability to document both sides of this emotional car-wreck.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 29, 2002
Mike D'Angelo
Time Out New York
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Slowly but surely devolves into a fascinating, cringe-inducing portrait of cultural solipsism, climaxing in an emotional meltdown that wouldn't look out of place in mid-period Cassavetes.

| Original Score: 80/100

October 28, 2002
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
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Poignant if familiar story of a young person suspended between two cultures.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 2, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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It may not be a great piece of filmmaking, but its power comes from its soul's-eye view of how well-meaning patronizing masked a social injustice, at least as represented by this case.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2002
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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A sobering and powerful documentary about the most severe kind of personal loss: rejection by one's mother.

April 8, 2002
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