Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor.
| Original Score: 2/4
Huber responds to Stanton's languid opacity in ways both inspired... and insipid.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career.
| Original Score: B+
An oddly satisfying mix that offers considerable insights into Stanton and his acting career.
| Original Score: 7
Refreshingly stylish and enigmatic. It brings out Harry Dean Stanton's warmth, humility and sense of humor.
| Original Score: 8.25/10
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.
A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.
A different kind of documentary for a different kind of guy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5.0
It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight.
| Original Score: 3/4
You won't learn much, but you'll be strangely happy that you didn't.
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.
At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs.
For any fan, this is mandatory.
Engaging documentary tribute to the craggy character-actor and his five-decade career is elevated by classy visuals and a nicely relaxed, casual tone.