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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Reviews

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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Huber responds to Stanton's languid opacity in ways both inspired... and insipid.

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

September 11, 2013
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

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 Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 6/10

August 18, 2014
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B-

July 9, 2013
Sheila O'Malley

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 Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 23, 2013
Simon Foster

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.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

July 23, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

September 13, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt

An oddly satisfying mix that offers considerable insights into Stanton and his acting career.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7

June 25, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Refreshingly stylish and enigmatic. It brings out Harry Dean Stanton's warmth, humility and sense of humor.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.25/10

September 28, 2013
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 10, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2013
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly

A different kind of documentary for a different kind of guy.

Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2014
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat

It's a near-perfect portrait of an actor who never became a household name and yet has earned the admiration of generations of filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5.0

April 24, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight.

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

October 3, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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You won't learn much, but you'll be strangely happy that you didn't.

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

September 10, 2013
Luke Y. Thompson
Topless Robot

He is precisely the sort of guy who merits a comprehensive documentary about his career, yet Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction isn't that movie, at all.

Full Review Source: Topless Robot

June 24, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 12, 2013
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

For any fan, this is mandatory.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

September 8, 2013
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Engaging documentary tribute to the craggy character-actor and his five-decade career is elevated by classy visuals and a nicely relaxed, casual tone.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 9, 2013
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