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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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April 20, 2009
While the movie is interesting as a curiosity, it ultimately reflects on the people who erroneously believe in the heightened quality of Johnston's overrated music.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 21, 2007
While a bit draggy in places, the film nonetheless holds up quite well as an enjoyable biopic of a underground musical madman. The "genius" moniker does get dangled a bit too often, there's certainly enough beauty and power in Daniel Jonston's music to su
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 13, 2006
Riveting even when it borders on the hagiographic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 1, 2006
Resembles Crumb in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2006
... a haunting portrait of an artist walking on the edge, that shows his pain in a very real way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 10, 2006
The Devil and Daniel Johnston is an unflinching yet loving look at the outsider musician's life. It's also the most revealing look at genius and mental illness since Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary Crumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2006
Regardless of whether you like Daniel Johnston's music or, indeed, whether you can even tolerate it, Johnston is an undeniably riveting documentary subject
July 15, 2006
A haunting, frequently unsettling documentary about the blurry line between madness and genius.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2006
A paean to the artist as a tortured genius. I can't deny that Johnston has the tortured part down pat. It's the genius part I'm having trouble accepting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 7, 2006
A fascinating look at this epically tortured artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 30, 2006
What makes Devil fascinating is the harrowing arc of Johnston's life. This is a story of youthful promise undermined by horrendous mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2006
"The Devil and Daniel Johnston" is really something special, avoiding easy answers, skirting the expected cliches, drawing us deeper into the life of a fascinating and complex man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2006
By far the best film of this first half of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 23, 2006
Feuerzeig's kaleidoscopic film is the perfect frame for Daniel Johnston's odd world.
June 9, 2006
A heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational, exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2006
...works as a biographical sketch of the artist as madman and as a meditation on the prerogatives of genius.
Read More | Original Score: 93/100
June 8, 2006
There's something truly illuminating in the telling of Daniel Johnston's story and his painful struggle with bipolar disorder.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2006
Touching, funny and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2006
Both riveting and disturbing to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 2, 2006
Since Johnston was prolific and a pack rat, director Jeff Feuerzeig had access to a life's worth of audio recordings, short films and animation dating back to the formative equivalent of the refrigerator art of Johnston's childhood.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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