Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 18, 2012
Honest, illuminating and compassionate. An extraordinary documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.35/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 13, 2012
The best evidence of this troubled man's genius is provided by ample samples of his music, much of which will be familiar to fans of Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 12, 2012
Like "My Architect," Nathaniel Kahn's film about his father, Louis I. Kahn, this documentary is a son's attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
July 12, 2012
Yet another documentary about a supposedly unheralded show-business maverick just barely holds viewer interest.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 11, 2012
Scott's son, Stan Warnow, made a highly personal documentary ... It isn't slick or polished but it is candid and highly personal, as Stan tries to understand his enigmatic father who was, by all accounts, a musical genius.
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
July 10, 2012
Deconstructing Dad might be a messy biography, but it is a fascinating primer on Scott's work.
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2012
The documentary is a work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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