There's nothing unlikable about the Plimpton we meet here, and his self-deprecation about his experiences feels endearing. It just leaves us wondering whether he also had some ambivalence of his own.
| Original Score: 3/5
A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve.
| Original Score: A
Many of you will not have heard of him. (All the more reason to watch Tom Bean and Luke Poling's affectionate, at times intoxicating documentary.)
Well-researched and detailed documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
As an editor, he launched impressive careers; as a dabbler, he illuminated them.
George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Two new docs on American culture merit attention
A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a remarkable doc about a life well lived.
He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer's lengthy list of descriptors.
Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."
The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona.
Yes, there are laughs, but Tom Bean and Luke Poling create a nuanced portrait of Plimpton, an upper-crust dabbler who was kicked out of boarding school only to make a life out of dabbling.
| Original Score: A-
A delightful ride through a singular literary career.
A fond look back at a groundbreaking media celebrity and man of letters.
Once again George Plimpton is the life of the party.
| Original Score: 6
The movie by the writing/directing pair is almost as captivating as their subject.
The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work - both for himself, and for the rest of us.
| Original Score: 7/10
Much like its subject, Tom Bean and Luke Poling's appreciative biography of the late George Plimpton manages to be simultaneously urbane and enthusiastic.