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Henry Fool

Henry Fool (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 1

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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.

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Art House & International, Comedy

Hal Hartley

Dec 16, 2003

Sony Pictures Classics

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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.

April 30, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a deft, sometimes perplexing comedy-drama that stubbornly refuses to bow to convention or to soft-sell its darker, more upsetting aspects in the name of drawing a wider audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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I was disappointed in Hartley's most ambitious film to date; I expected more than what was delivered.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
February 12, 2010
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Revels in peculiarity. Moderately amusing, rarely engaging. Third act flags.
March 3, 2007
wbgoose13

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I enjoy this film as much as Fay Grim, I will check out more of Hartley's films.
August 23, 2013
Doctor0Quinzel

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I watched Faye Grim before seeing this movie. Now, as I watched this first movie, it was very hilarious and well written. Hal Hartley directed a fine piece here with great actors and worked with a great screenplay. It had me laughing out loud at some parts, and the story was great. Great comedy.
June 21, 2007
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