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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself Reviews

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2014
Verne Gay
Newsday
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A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: A

May 19, 2014
Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
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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.)

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 16, 2014
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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Well-researched and detailed documentary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

As an editor, he launched impressive careers; as a dabbler, he illuminated them.

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

February 4, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 1, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Two new docs on American culture merit attention

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a remarkable doc about a life well lived.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

June 25, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer's lengthy list of descriptors.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2013
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

June 11, 2013
John Petkovic
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: A-

June 11, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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A delightful ride through a singular literary career.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 11, 2013
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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A fond look back at a groundbreaking media celebrity and man of letters.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 11, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

Once again George Plimpton is the life of the party.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 6

June 10, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The movie by the writing/directing pair is almost as captivating as their subject.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work - both for himself, and for the rest of us.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7/10

May 23, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Much like its subject, Tom Bean and Luke Poling's appreciative biography of the late George Plimpton manages to be simultaneously urbane and enthusiastic.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2013
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