Marwencol Reviews

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Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2010
Malmberg's video imagery, captured by point-and-shoot camerawork, and livened up with big band music from time to time, can't hold a candle to outsider artist Mark Hogancamp's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
October 13, 2010
In the end, Marwencol is a fascinating portrait of a reinvented mind, rather than one of those all-American tales of triumph over adversity.
Top Critic
Leonard Pierce
AV Club
October 5, 2010
Where the film is strongest is its ability to lure you in with the astonishing artistic quality and craftsmanship of Hogancamps creation, then make it clear that the man himselfnot his workis the real accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Martain
The Mercury
September 8, 2012
The film is never flippant, never disrespectful and always approaches Mark's hobby with eyes wide open and no agenda other than fascinated admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
October 8, 2010
Malmberg has a higher aim, one that transcends his individual subject.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 13, 2011
First-time director Jeff Malmberg does almost everything right in this stunningly empathetic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 18, 2011
Hogancamp didn't know he was creating art ... he was merely surviving, spinning stories for his sanity. In an era of 'look-at-me,' this type of agenda is as far away from our world as Marwencol itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 2, 2010
The beauty of "Marwencol" is that, by the time it's over, wanting to live in a doll village doesn't sound so weird because we understand exactly where Hogancamp is coming from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 26, 2010
May be aesthetically rough around the edges but it nonetheless offers an empathetic view on a stunningly unique figure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
December 17, 2010
The film Marwencol is as mesmerizing as Mark's imaginary town and treats him and his world with absolute respect
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 9, 2012
Truly inspiring
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 9, 2012
Extraordinary, astonishing, revealing, unique
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
March 2, 2011
A heartwrenching tale of wish fulfillment on a nearly molecular level...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 10, 2010
The film isn't a heavy reinforcement of shame, but a composed celebration of creativity, brought to life through the soap opera of toys, offering Mark the hero status he's always dreamed for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
February 10, 2011
Marwencol is a mesmerizing documentary, and like Mark Hogancamp it continually surprises you. It may also be one of the best films you'll see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 4, 2011
Malmberg instead takes a gentle approach. He's patient and coaxing, and he lets Mark grow comfortable for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 6, 2011
"Marwencol" is inspiring but also insightful because it refuses to gloss over complex, even discomfiting questions surrounding its endearing but troubled central character.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
December 28, 2010
Director Jeff Malmberg sees something in Hogancamp that he wants all of us to see, an imperfect human scarred by horrific trauma who nonetheless finds a reason to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 16, 2010
Marwencol is truly a wonderful town. Because Mark Hogancamp puts incredible detail into the appearance of each doll, everything seems so real!
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 10, 2010
What makes this an unusually strong film, is that there's an unquestionable genuineness about this tragic story about survival... .
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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