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.

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


as Henry Fool

as Simon Grim

as Mr. Deng

as Gnoc Deng

as Angus James

as Officer Bunuel

as Father Hawkes

as Officer Bunuel

as Laura

as Pearl (age 7)

as Go-Go Dancer No. 1

as Go-Go Dancer No. 2

as Afternoon Table Danc...

as Newspaper Reporter

as Woman Outside Store

as Anchorman

as Owen Feer

as TV Reporter

as Young Woman in Libra...

as Girl in Library No. ...

as Girl in Library No. ...

as Girl in Library No. ...

as Doctor

as Patty the Bartender

as Lawyer

as Concierge

as Cop No. 1

as Airline Ticket Clerk

as Flight Attendant Luc...

as Angry Customer

as Teenager at World of...

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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