There's much to savor in Wurmfeld's insightful and oft-melancholy film about two old friends who've maintained said friendship since 1963.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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...
| Original Score: B
The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.
Enlightening and philosophical.
| Original Score: 8.35/10
Both good times and bad bubble back up to the surface, giving the film an unguarded honesty.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[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.
The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Despite its unusual beginnings, the friendship doesn't offer much narrative juice.
Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's actually a fascinating journey, unfolding - just like real life - in ways that are honest and unexpected and not always pleasant.