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New York Doll

New York Doll (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 5

Arthur Kane is a fascinating subject in what ultimately proves to be a touching, bittersweet documentary.

94

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Arthur Kane is a fascinating subject in what ultimately proves to be a touching, bittersweet documentary.

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The New York Dolls were a rock band who titled their second studio album Too Much Too Soon, and it summed up the band's career all too well. Playing hard, swaggering rock & roll that anticipated the aural chaos of punk five years before the Sex Pistols became a cause célèbre, and boasting an androgynous fashion statement that made David Bowie look timid, the Dolls made headlines and earned a loyal cult following between 1971 and 1976, but their look and sound were too extreme for the mass

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (5) | DVD (5)

The Doll in the title of the fine, touching documentary New York Doll is far from a supermodel.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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New York Doll is still a revelation, and a fine companion piece to End of the Century, the edgier and uglier history of another post-Dolls band, The Ramones.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The late Johnny Thunders didn't write You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory until after the Dolls had broken up, but this lovely little heartbreaker of a movie takes the sentiment as its own.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[A] respectful and subtle look at the difference faith can make in one's life.

November 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Becomes a lovely portrait of a man coming back to himself, without forgetting what else he's become.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As the credits roll, New York Doll transforms from a puff piece about an aging rock star into a moving rumination on a man's final grasp for redemption.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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A tribute to and stroking of its subject ... And by canonizing Kane, displaying this hulking angel with such innocence, the film is soulless.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comments (2)
Cinematical

Excels at telling the extraordinary story of a bizarrely ordinary man.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Touching and funny, with an unforgettable ending that could not have been better if it were fiction. One of the best films of the year.

March 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The details, the personalities and the final twist grab you until you're left truly shaken and inspired.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

In the end, it is hard to not feel that God does work in mysterious ways, if the life of Arthur 'Killer' Kane is any example.

February 23, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A stirring film that [turns] Arthur Kane's largely heartbreaking rock and roll life into a small monument to the power of friendship and the wonders of the spirit.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

A nimble, handsome film that also happens to be about a noteworthy guy: the late Arthur 'Killer' Kane.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Whiteley delicately balances both Kane's newfound devotion and his more glamorous rock 'n' roll past and pays respect to both.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The odyssey is atypical and historically fascinating, but philosophically and structurally lopsided - - a textbook example of the right-place-at-the-right-time school of filmmaking.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

An intimate portrait of a man who has lived the hard life and finally opted for serenity. Things don't turn out the way you expect, but that's part of what's surprising and moving about this film.

November 28, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

You needn't be a fan of rock and roll to be both amused and moved by this documentary...a winningly bittersweet little film.

November 26, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It's hard to imagine much of an audience for this film outside of the limited ranks of Dolls fans, or those who swoon over any whiff of celebrity ruin and retrieval, regardless of how conventional.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

One of those stories so incredible that even the most creative Hollywood screenwriters couldn't have come up with it.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Rocking, warm, funny, touching and even heartbreaking. Just like Arthur.

November 4, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for New York Doll

Fantastic doc on Arthur 'Killer' Kane, the bassist for the New York Dolls. If you like documentaries and/or the Dolls, this is one for you.
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