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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2010)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages worldwide. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring Peck depicts him wearing glasses, as Finch. Behind it all was a young


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Jul 18, 2011


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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

Between interviews about the merits and courage of the novel and clips from the 1962 film adaptation that earned Gregory Peck an Academy Award, Mary McDonagh Murphy's directorial debut offers up a few morsels of fresh material.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Here's a riddle. Why is any documentary about Harper Lee like a doughnut? Because both have a hole in the middle.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Harper Lee hasn't been interviewed in 47 years, but this meditation on her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, puts you inside her skin.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It would have been wonderful if Lee had consented to an interview for this documentary, but at least we have, among many others, her 99-year-old sister Alice.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Fascinating documentary about the reclusive author and her sole literary masterpiece.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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An unremarkable docu.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Murphy seems determined above all to respect Lee's desire for privacy, making her a sort of anti-Errol Morris.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Not the most accomplished of documentaries, but it's amiable enough.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Hey, Boo is so appealing because it's obviously and undeniably a work of commitment and passion.

May 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...a lovingly told biography that is well-crafted, informative and entertaining - all things that a good documentary should be.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...more a celebration of a book and its movie adaptation than a biographical documentary...Passages are read and we marvel at just how many great moments are there to be found.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy - and this is one of the better ones.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

While entirely pleasant viewing, it's worth noting that Hey Boo isn't particularly distinguished filmmaking.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Informative background on birth of the book. . .with overflowing love and respect bestowed on [Lee] from family, friends, and famous fans [and] reverentially about the film.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

Well-edited and captivating with easily digestible information albeit sans surprising revelations.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Even if Hey, Boo falls short as a piece of revelatory filmmaking, it succeeds nicely as a love letter to Lee's novel.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

The book we all had to read in school is given the full reverential treatment in this worshipful documentary.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fitting tribute to a true American icon, a half century after she subtly helped shape the course of history while leaving an indelible mark on the country's conscience.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

With Harper Lee politely declining to be interviewed director Mary Murphy had to rely on the recollections of friends and associates to piece together this interesting but somewhat anticlimactic documentary about one of America's most beloved authors.
December 24, 2011
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