The result is quite moving at times, but ultimately perhaps of interest to only those intimately involved.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a case in which the director should have put his ego and personal issues aside to create a more conventional life story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An opportunity missed
You have to put up with too much family therapy for the few insights into Wexler's brilliant work.
Tell Them Who You Are is fascinating for the issues -- ethical, aesthetic, psychoanalytic -- it raises. But it doesn't fully come together.
Haskell comes off as a jerk -- but Mark somehow looks even worse: not just insincere but weak, vain and vindictive.
| Original Score: C
| Original Score: 2/4
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
A real gem of a film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Part history, part biography, part appreciation, and all therapy, it is a funny, wrenching, profound, and deeply moving film.
| Original Score: A-
Dysfunctional, yes, but the film's power comes in the gradual lessening of the defenses as the men reach out into devastating honesty.
A lively, often hilarious yet profoundly moving experience.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
A self-reflexive slice of therapeutic documentary filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
Not just a behind-the-scenes history chapter but an insightful father-son comedy-drama.
| Original Score: B
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.
Tell Them Who You Are radiates dignity, the unusual warmth given off by the frustration of trying to know someone.
As personally troublesome as they may be, the prickly dynamics keep the docu bobbing along.
It works as a portrait of a father-son relationship that's awkward, volatile, uneven and always painfully real.