Shepard & Dark Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 25, 2013
There's much to savor in Wurmfeld's insightful and oft-melancholy film about two old friends who've maintained said friendship since 1963.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
There is just enough of Shepard's lyrical prose and Dark's depth and humor to whet the appetite. You walk out wanting to read at least a few of them beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
October 4, 2013
Instead, after all that effort being put into showing this relationship in its fullest terms, they allow the men to, true to their mythic southwestern surroundings, simply walk into the sunset...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2013
The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 28, 2013
Enlightening and philosophical.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.35/10
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2013
Both good times and bad bubble back up to the surface, giving the film an unguarded honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 27, 2013
A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, "Shepard & Dark" can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
AV Club
September 25, 2013
[The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 24, 2013
The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 24, 2013
An ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it's not even past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lily Janiak
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
Despite its unusual beginnings, the friendship doesn't offer much narrative juice.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2013
Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
Treva Wurmfeld has made a lovely and insightful film, not just about this friendship, but all friendships, and how having people in your life who know you so well can be a comfort and a curse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 7, 2013
It's actually a fascinating journey, unfolding - just like real life - in ways that are honest and unexpected and not always pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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