Tales From the Script Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2010
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 12, 2010
Bulletin from Hollywood: Screenwriters are anxious and whiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 10, 2010
Tales is all medium-shot chatter clumped together under cutesy chapter heads and scored to chirpily repetitive Muzak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 9, 2010
One of Tales' strongest points is made accidentally: Its huge cast of interviewees consists of one Asian speaker, one Latino, three African-Americans, and five women - one of whom pulls double-duty as a woman of color.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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July 4, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
March 11, 2010
I implore any prospective or fledgling screenwriters out there to see the new documentary Tales from the Script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 14, 2010
[It] isn't shocking or surprising, but often amusing, honest and filled with interesting kernels of confessions from a wide range of lively screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.85/10
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
March 12, 2010
No wonder they call screenwriters egomaniacs with low-self esteem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 12, 2010
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.
| Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
March 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
March 18, 2010
an inside perspective of what the big talents on the pedestal of major filmmaking success talk (and bitch) about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2010
Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 12, 2010
In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 24, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 4, 2010
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.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 10, 2010
This behind-the-scenes look at the art and commerce of Hollywood screenwriting is filled with memorable yarns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 16, 2010
Amusingly blunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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