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Horns and Halos Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 22, 2003
An acute demonstration of the failure today of traditional media to give us a story in its entirety...
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 4, 2003
Interesting, but in an era of truly great documentaries no more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 1, 2003
If this was just a documentary about the book, it wouldn't be nearly as effective - it works because of the human-interest aspects of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 31, 2003
A spry documentary that makes the most of two compelling characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
To their credit, Hawley and Galinsky show that there are plenty of horns and halos to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2003
A compelling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 18, 2003
Filling but ultimately not terribly substantive. A summary abridgment of the scandal and fallout over Fortunate Son that doesn't draw any lasting conclusions of its own or, indeed, ask its watchers to do too much heavy mental lifting either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
July 16, 2003
Unexpectedly moving documentary.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2003
Effective in presenting its portraits of these two men, Hatfield so depressed, Hicks so optimistic, but it's not successful at getting to the bottom of the cocaine charges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 28, 2003
Horns and Halos benefits from serendipity but also reminds us of our own responsibility to question what is told as the truth.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 30, 2003
It questions whether we really live in a world that can be divided neatly into black hats and white hats. And anyway, it wonders, is the guy in the black hat always wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 22, 2003
Exceptional!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 2, 2003
A thoughtful and surprisingly affecting portrait of a screwed-up man who dared to mess with some powerful people, seen through the eyes of the idealistic kid who chooses to champion his ultimately losing cause.
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
A fascinating but choppy documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
April 26, 2003
It suggests the wide-ranging effects of media manipulation, from the kind of reporting that is done by the supposedly liberal media ... to the intimate and ultimately tragic heartache of maverick individuals like Hatfield and Hicks.
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
March 28, 2003
A fine effort, an interesting topic, some intriguing characters and a sad ending. Certainly the big finish wasn't something Galinsky and Hawley could have planned for... but part of being a good documentarian is being there when the rope snaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 10, 2003
There aren't many conclusive answers in the film, but there is an interesting story of pointed personalities, courage, tragedy and the little guys vs. the big guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Hatfield and Hicks make the oddest of couples, and in this sense the movie becomes a study of the gambles of the publishing world, offering a case study that exists apart from all the movie's political ramifications.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 2, 2003
Thoroughly engrossing and ultimately tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 28, 2003
Saddled with an unwieldy cast of characters and angles, but the payoff is powerful and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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