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Tales From the Script (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman's TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how

Apr 20, 2010

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One suspects that writers in Tales from the Script might have more to say about the art and the joy of creating, but Hanson seems less interested in their craft, spending much of the film allowing the writers to vent about the industry.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Amusingly blunt.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Bulletin from Hollywood: Screenwriters are anxious and whiny.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Tales is all medium-shot chatter clumped together under cutesy chapter heads and scored to chirpily repetitive Muzak.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Serves more as practical discouragement, working off the idea that would-be writers are mostly deluded and starry-eyed, and what this movie can do is hammer in the reality.

April 24, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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A cultured curio that offers up an unblinking look at the delicate balancing act between art and commerce that is screenwriting, and moviemaking in general.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

an inside perspective of what the big talents on the pedestal of major filmmaking success talk (and bitch) about.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

[It] isn't shocking or surprising, but often amusing, honest and filled with interesting kernels of confessions from a wide range of lively screenwriters.

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Tales from the Script, which is an awful title that no decent screenwriter would ever choose, is a documentary that features nearly 50 of the film industry's most notable screenwriters talking about their craft and the business it serves.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Essential viewing for any would-be or struggling screenwriters--all screenwriters struggle--Peter Hanson's uninvitingly titled documentary is a pretty straightforward affair. That's not a bad thing.

March 12, 2010
ColeSmithey.com

No wonder they call screenwriters egomaniacs with low-self esteem.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

I implore any prospective or fledgling screenwriters out there to see the new documentary Tales from the Script.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

If you have any interest whatsoever in writing a screenplay or trying to get a gig writing in Hollywood, this is a must-see film and a great companion to the book.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

This behind-the-scenes look at the art and commerce of Hollywood screenwriting is filled with memorable yarns.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

A flimsy opportunity to rubberneck at the misfortune of a profession where the summit of aspiration is "getting lied to by a higher caliber of person."

March 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Interesting if not profound doc that wrangles many of the usual suspects who have played the Hollywood screenwriting game and often triumphed. Breezy fun for film buffs and aspiring writers eyeing that studio brass ring.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A must see for anyone with a script or an intention to write one. It's also likely inspiring, in a tough love sort of way, for anyone with any kind of ambition. I enjoyed it.

February 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Tales From the Script

A disappointingly unimaginative documentary made with no cinematic flair at all -- more reminiscent of DVD bonus content than anything. It is simply a series of interviews with more and less known script writers, cut together. The interviews are fine and at times insightful, it's just that it is nothing more than a long series of interviews with screen writers, split up into chapters, with each chapter introduced by a little movie scene about screenwriting. A wasted effort, all in all.
July 11, 2012
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A detailed and informative documentative stance on the role of the screenwriters in the film process. Interviews with such greats as Frank Darabont and Billy Ray gave an aspiring view to all screenwriters working today.
January 17, 2011
FrizzDrop

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Fun, if not slightly depressing, documentary on screen writing and the business of Hollywood. I'd have loved to catalog all of the footage for this though.
December 7, 2010
kenstachnik

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To be honest, I was disappointed that the documentary "Tales from the Script" had less to do with the art of screenwriting than in oft-told tales of how to survive as a writer in Hollywood, especially in this day and age of blockbusters and franchises. Basically, the screenwriters testify(with a wide variety from the best to the worst) how this came about due to Hollywood films being a collaborative art form but one where the screenwriters have little say in the finished product after input from actors, producers, directors and caterers.(But wouldn't "The Social Network" prove this line of thinking wrong?) Most of this interference is viewed as negative while some is actually kind of helpful. Where the documentary goes wrong is in taking an anecdotal approach instead of an academic one to investigate the script changes which is what Harlan Ellison has done elsewhere for decades for his television scripts. Because how else are we to honestly judge if the scripts are any good in the first place? For example, you can see how much better "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is on television where Joss Whedon had more control of his creation, than as a movie. Plus, it would have been nice to have some directors and producers on hand to either counter or agree with the writers. And if you're going to reference movies about Hollywood writers, how could you leave out "The Player?"
April 23, 2011
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