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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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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
May 26, 2006
Feuerzeig focuses his attention not just on Johnston but on his friends ... who had to clean up the messes left after Johnston's episodes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2006
The nature and sound of Johnston's music is an acquired taste, and that also goes for director Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary -- though the film is intelligent and approaches the various mental-health issues addressed here in a sensitive manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2006
A documentary with all the suspense, comedy, pathos and surprise of a great narrative film...
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 13, 2006
"I think he was having fun teasing me. What do you think?" Daniel Johnston's mother and father are still trying to figure out their perplexing child, even now, when he's 44 years old.
May 13, 2006
At the end of the day, Johnston's childlike stream of unrequited love landed him on MTV, Atlantic Records, and now a feature-length theatrical recounting of his life. Take that, Satan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2006
You wouldn't want to be Daniel Johnston, or even know him too well. But see this film and you won't forget him.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 12, 2006
I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study.
May 11, 2006
Though Feuerzeig's film isn't quite successful at underlining what exactly it is about Johnston's childlike art that makes him so appealing, the documentary works superbly at proving Johnston is insane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2006
Demonic and riveting, but I'm still not a fan.
May 6, 2006
Heartbreaking, funny and inspirational, in equal measure - it'll also make you want to buy at least one Daniel Johnston album and you'll probably find yourself singing Casper the Friendly Ghost for the rest of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 6, 2006
As a demonstration of how to put a life on screen, it is exemplary in its thoroughness and willingness to allow a multiplicity of views.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2006
Rock 'n' roll's capacity for recycling legend means the stories of Johnston's life, and the way in which they're told, could easily fall into cliché. Instead they are original, engrossing and sometimes heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 6, 2006
The troubled singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston is the subject of an entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2006
Johnston's music has touched many; his story deserves to reach far, far more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2006
Occasionally slides into a breathless fan tribute, but nonetheless an affectionate and candid portrait of a troubled artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2006
To share Feuerzeig's loving investigation is to share an insightful study of the destructive and creative capabilities of the mind.
April 28, 2006
This well-done documentary will explain why Johnston has never been able to rise above cult status ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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