Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
Stanton isn't interested in giving away the details of his life and career, and no one's going to lure them out of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
January 16, 2014
A different kind of documentary for a different kind of guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
December 23, 2013
The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 7, 2013
Laconic, lost in memory but focused, Stanton slowly opens up to filmmaker-interviewer Sophie Huber.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 4, 2013
A unique tribute to a unique artist.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2013
It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 28, 2013
Refreshingly stylish and enigmatic. It brings out Harry Dean Stanton's warmth, humility and sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 27, 2013
Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
September 16, 2013
As he does in his roles, Stanton opens himself up to the camera in a way that has the indelible stamp of truth, an almost fragile sense of honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 13, 2013
Harry Dean Stanton is a marvelous actor and, at least from a visual standpoint, a marvelous camera subject. He's not much of a talker, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 13, 2013
An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 11, 2013
It's a little frustrating at first to realize that Huber isn't going to get much explanation of anything from Stanton. But she ends up making a virtue of the actor's Zen calm...He's so present, it's as though he's burned into the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 10, 2013
You won't learn much, but you'll be strangely happy that you didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
September 10, 2013
This moody, soulful, music-drenched documentary on the great character actor uses movie clips, his singing, and shards of conversation to create its dark-hued portrait of zen survival. A real treat for those in the know.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2013
Engaging documentary tribute to the craggy character-actor and his five-decade career is elevated by classy visuals and a nicely relaxed, casual tone.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
September 8, 2013
For any fan, this is mandatory.
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
July 23, 2013
An artful, mesmerising ode..., ...Partly Fiction never teeters over into hagiographic adulation yet manages to convey the very uniqueness that has made Stanton the enigmatic force he is today.
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
July 9, 2013
Partly Fiction may sacrifice some comprehensiveness and some insight in avoiding these traps, but it gives us, after its slim 75-minute running time just enough to have us jonesing for more.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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