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New York Doll (2005)

New York Doll (2005)

New York Doll



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

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A recovering alcoholic and converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, reunites with his old band, the New York Dolls, after 30 years.more
Rating: PG-13 (for drug content)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
First Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for New York Doll

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

[A] respectful and subtle look at the difference faith can make in one's life.

Full Review… | November 23, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Becomes a lovely portrait of a man coming back to himself, without forgetting what else he's become.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2005
Arizona Republic
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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.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer


My favorite doc and one of the best movies of the year,Kane is just amazing to watch .What an interesting,touching story that's last few minutes will break break your heart.

bill s.
bill secor

I guess this wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Theoretically a story of Arthur Kane, and I guess it is, it really is the story of the Dolls first reunion (without Nolan or Thunders of course) at the hands of Morrissey in 2004. Kane's life story is used as a framing device, and sadly he dies just a few months after returning from the reunion. I wondered if the story might have had more "meat" if this hadn't happened.

David Jo - still a hot rock star. Steve Conte acquits himself admirably in the Thunders role (though Izzy Stradlin would still have been my first choice.

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