Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie Reviews

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Esrick has crafted an affectionate portrait of a man whose eclectic, ebullient life has been devoted to peace, love and understanding - an eternal hippie who has "walked the walk" since he burst onto the Greenwich Village "Beat" scene in the late 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
December 18, 2010
Perfunctory, bowdlerized, and intermittently condescending, Saint Misbehavin' has all the biographical trenchancy of a fundraiser infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2010
As freewheeling and irreverent as the man himself, Saint Misbehavin' is that rare documentary whose flaws seem appropriate for its subject matter.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 10, 2010
Like its subject, Saint Misbehavin' is an unabashed love letter to the world that defies the cynicism of our age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 10, 2010
Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie is a celebration and something of a scrapbook too, a collection of memories without much in the way of questions.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 10, 2010
Are we to believe that this wild-haired, in-your-face LSD disciple is Mr. Perfect? I doubt it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 9, 2010
Its subject is so personable, with both an infectious personality and a razor-sharp mind, that it's hard not to get caught up in his story.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 8, 2010
[M]ore than a footnote to the 1960's counterculture, he's serious fun in this [genial] bio-documentary on the role of the clown/fool in society.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 8, 2010
Doesn't probe too deeply into the man, but the message of altruism is loud and clear, befitting a rascal who's spent his colorful days trying to make the world a better place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 8, 2010
A much better movie than its off-putting title would suggest, Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie will introduce many to a singularly altruistic individual.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 8, 2010
Despite the claim that Wavy Gravy is some kind of holy clown, he said nothing or did nothing in this movie that is funny at all. An acquired taste, I suppose.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2010
A remarkable and rowdy documentary about a contemporary holy fool and saint who walks his talk about love, compassion, peace, and transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gregg Rickman
Village Voice
December 7, 2010
Perhaps the fly-on-the-wall approach of Esrick's mentor (and this film's executive producer) D.A. Pennebaker would have been more revealing. Instead, we get just a mystery man in white.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
December 6, 2010
It's impossible to watch this movie without feeling that you're in the presence of a good and decent man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 2, 2010
Esrick spent 10 years on the film, and the result is a comprehensive portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 4, 2011
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