Tell Them Who You Are Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2005
The result is quite moving at times, but ultimately perhaps of interest to only those intimately involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 20, 2005
It's a case in which the director should have put his ego and personal issues aside to create a more conventional life story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
An opportunity missed
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 20, 2005
You have to put up with too much family therapy for the few insights into Wexler's brilliant work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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May 20, 2005
Tell Them Who You Are is fascinating for the issues -- ethical, aesthetic, psychoanalytic -- it raises. But it doesn't fully come together.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 7, 2005
Haskell comes off as a jerk -- but Mark somehow looks even worse: not just insincere but weak, vain and vindictive.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2005
A real gem of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2005
If Tell Them Who You Are had been a sunny doc about how great the old man was, it wouldn't be worth seeing -- and wouldn't be the kind of film Haskell himself makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 10, 2005
Part history, part biography, part appreciation, and all therapy, it is a funny, wrenching, profound, and deeply moving film.
| Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2005
Dysfunctional, yes, but the film's power comes in the gradual lessening of the defenses as the men reach out into devastating honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2005
A lively, often hilarious yet profoundly moving experience.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 7, 2005
Tell Them Who You Are achieves greatness in its climax, which goes beyond the many faces Haskell Wexler shows the world and reveals yet another side, one that seems to surprise even him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 10, 2005
A self-reflexive slice of therapeutic documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 22, 2005
Not just a behind-the-scenes history chapter but an insightful father-son comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
The strength of Tell Them Who You Are is its honesty in showing how the younger man faces the protean force that sired him, cheated on his mother, called him stupid, despised his politics and yet through it all, somehow, still loved him.
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 26, 2005
As personally troublesome as they may be, the prickly dynamics keep the docu bobbing along.
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
June 3, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 13, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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