Tell Them Who You Are Reviews

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
Tell Them Who You Are radiates dignity, the unusual warmth given off by the frustration of trying to know someone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It's a remarkable documentary, thoroughly enjoyable and one of the most powerful films I've seen in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
It works as a portrait of a father-son relationship that's awkward, volatile, uneven and always painfully real.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 28, 2006
In the end this is a great movie about a filmmaker. It's also a great movie about fathers and sons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2006
A desperately sad look at two men whose determination to rebel against their heritage and succeed in their artform has rendered them unable to communicate. Compelling stuff, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Leyland
May 30, 2006
With dad calling junior's filmmaking skills into question at every turn, this is a fascinating blend of fact and friction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
November 22, 2005
What we really get from son Mark's unusual take is a sterling movie about fathers (especially famous fathers) and offspring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Cabin
October 19, 2005
a rare film of startling sincerity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 13, 2005
[A] tremendously moving documentary.
October 13, 2005
A unique and luminous achievement.
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
October 13, 2005
Equal parts fan mail and home video from Hell, Tell Them Who You Are is a fascinating piece of father-son psychotherapy la Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 9, 2005
The subject is a fascinating one, and the film is worth watching just to see how impressive Wexler's career has been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 9, 2005
More than a Hollywood profile, it becomes a filmmaker's effort to figure out how he relates, personally and professionally, to his famous father.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
An opportunity missed
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 18, 2005
Unlike countless other bad-dad pictures, Tell Them moves gradually and elegantly toward a reconciliation that isn't too maudlin or forced.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2005
A real gem of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 4, 2005
Anyone who has been either a parent or a child will understand the push-me- pull-you, love-and-hate dynamic the film captures, and the attempt at reconciliation that it represents.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
What emerges is not so much a career biography of the talented DP for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Coming Home and a number of John Sayles films.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
July 22, 2005
Not just a behind-the-scenes history chapter but an insightful father-son comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 21, 2005
The film is an odd hybrid, sort of a family therapy session meshed with a Turner Classic Movies tribute doc, but the combination works in entertaining and poignant ways.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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