Marwencol Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 28, 2010
Simultaneously hypnotic and unnerving, it asks some rather uncomfortable questions about the nature of art and the potential and limits of self-healing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 10, 2010
A fine, delicately nuanced portrait of an artist compelled by mysterious forces to create something utterly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
December 2, 2010
If you have even a passing interest in outsider art, you owe it to yourself to see "Marwencol."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2010
Producer/director Jeff Malmberg tells the amazing true story with tenderness and tact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2010
Marwencol is about Hogancamp and his miniature alter-ego, about his photographs and his creative process. But it is also, on a deeper level, about how we process our experiences...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2010
A celebration of the transformative power of art in coping with so many of the challenges people face -- healthcare problems, post-traumatic disorders, alternative lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2010
This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 8, 2010
Woven together by Jeff Malmberg -- if not seamlessly, then with illuminating patience -- these disparate strands honor an individual as unique as the miniature universe on which he depends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2010
Marwencol" poses penetrating questions -- about art, outsider status, the mysteries of the human brain and the possibility of second chances -- all while circling, ever closer, an unforgettable individual and the unknowable creative impulse.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 8, 2010
First-time director Jeff Malmberg tells Hogancamp's fascinating story with sensitivity, never resorting to exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 6, 2010
Jeff Malmberg's documentary does an amazing job of turning this small patch of dollhouses into a vibrant world of its own, utilizing Hogancamp's own extraordinary pictures of Marwencol's inhabitants to great effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2010
A must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 5, 2010
An astounding movie one of those tales of all-American oddness that just keeps flowering into weirder, richer territory.
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New York Magazine/Vulture
October 5, 2010
About as fascinating as a documentary can get.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 5, 2010
Malmberg applies stylistic and structural tricks to create the most compelling portrait possible, reflecting a respectful but very different agenda from that of his subject.
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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-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 5, 2010
Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do, Jeff Malmbergs Marwencol is something like a homegrown slice of Herzog oddness, complete with true-crime backfill and juicy metafictive upshot.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 5, 2010
This one's a keeper.