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Henry Fool (1998)

Henry Fool




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Hal Hartley's best yet, about a self-deluding literary Pygmalion, a poetic savant, Queens and the rest of the world. A comic pageant of ironic gestures.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality, violence and language.)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Hartley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Sony Pictures Classics


Thomas Jay Ryan
as Henry Fool
James Urbaniak
as Simon Grim
James Saito
as Mr. Deng
Miho Nikaido
as Gnoc Deng
Chuck Montgomery
as Angus James
Gene Riffini
as Officer Bunuel
Nicholas Hope
as Father Hawkes
Gene Ruffini
as Officer Bunuel
Chaylee Worrall
as Pearl (age 7)
Melanie Vesey
as Go-Go Dancer No. 1
Denise Morgan
as Go-Go Dancer No. 2
Jill Morely
as Afternoon Table Danc...
Marissa Chibas
as Newspaper Reporter
Julie Anderson
as Woman Outside Store
Reggie Harris
as Anchorman
Don Creech
as Owen Feer
Maraya Chase
as TV Reporter
Shoshana Ami
as Young Woman in Libra...
Karen DiConcetto
as Girl in Library No. ...
Tiffany Sampson
as Girl in Library No. ...
Rachel Miner
as Girl in Library No. ...
Paul Lazar
as Doctor
Valorie Hubbard
as Patty the Bartender
Paul Greco
as Concierge
Blake Willett
as Cop No. 1
Katreen Hardt
as Airline Ticket Clerk
Rebecca Nelson
as Flight Attendant Luc...
Paul Albe
as Angry Customer
Vivian Bang
as Teenager at World of...
Brandon Boey
as Teenager at World of...
Claire Ritchie
as Teenager at World of...
Herbie Duarte
as Teenager at World of...
Toy Connor
as Teenager at World of...
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Critic Reviews for Henry Fool

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Embracing Hartley's motifs, such as the vicissitudes of fame and fate, the film is sharply uneven, meditative and touching in moments but also pretentious and overlong; it's the last decent movie Hartley has made.

Full Review… | April 30, 2006

Has some good acting and ideas, but Hartley doesn't seem to know how to end the thing.

June 29, 2004
New Times

The complexities and weirdness of popular culture provide the backdrop for this black comedy about creativity, politics, publishing, and mentors.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

In better sync with its content, but its story, too, of an individual living in a dumpster world trying to share what he knows and make it sing, is undeniably moving.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Henry Fool


This is a pretty strange movie. From the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival Collection. Henry is a Garbage Man who life is invaded by some pretty wild souls. A Mother who is depressed, a sister who gives it up to everyone. I am still trying to figure out the plot. Others have rated this movie 4 or 5 stars and beats me why. 2 1/2 stars is best I'll give this one.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Revels in peculiarity. Moderately amusing, rarely engaging. Third act flags.

William Goss

Super Reviewer


I enjoy this film as much as Fay Grim, I will check out more of Hartley's films.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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