"People can heal themselves by feeling genuine love for each other," says Mariel's daughter, arms around her mother. It may not be the entire answer, but it's a start.
| Original Score: 3/4
Unfocused but impressionistic, offering if not a clear picture, then a clear sense of Mariel's ambivalence about her inheritance.
A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having.
| Original Score: B+
An artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family.
A sobering documentary focusing on Mariel Hemingway and her struggle with the terrible curse of seven suicides in her family history.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
There's so much interesting material in the life of the Hemingways, but Running From Crazy doesn't do them enough justice.
| Original Score: C+
It's Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film's fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.
This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way.
A certain Hollywood self-absorption is on display here, but the family's depressing story merits Mariel's vigilant defensiveness.
| Original Score: 3/5
The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored.
The historical Hemingway Curse stuff is great, the infomercial about how well preserved Mariel Hemingway plays like an Oprah celeb special.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film is perhaps a little too long, but aside from the saccharine which occasionally lurks beneath this is an otherwise engaging and thoughtful study into a hereditary illness.
Using home movies and other footage, Kopple provides a discomfiting portrait of a family's deep-seated dysfunction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Though undeniably well-intentioned, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't seem particularly concerned with asking - or trying to answer - the big questions surrounding familial suicide trends.
| Original Score: 2/5
Whereas American Dream ended with a moment of genuine devastation, Running from Crazy offers little more than surface-level tear-wringing.
| Original Score: 2/4
The narratively jumbled film ... features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing.
The only new titbit of information for Hemingway-philes is that none of his grandchildren read his books.