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The Devil and Daniel Johnston Reviews

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Cole Smithey
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-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
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-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 13, 2006
Riveting even when it borders on the hagiographic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 1, 2006
Resembles Crumb in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Top Critic
Michael Senft
Arizona Republic
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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
Timothy Knight
July 15, 2006
A haunting, frequently unsettling documentary about the blurry line between madness and genius.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 7, 2006
A fascinating look at this epically tortured artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
June 29, 2006
By far the best film of this first half of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 23, 2006
Feuerzeig's kaleidoscopic film is the perfect frame for Daniel Johnston's odd world.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 9, 2006 as a biographical sketch of the artist as madman and as a meditation on the prerogatives of genius.
| Original Score: 93/100
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 8, 2006
There's something truly illuminating in the telling of Daniel Johnston's story and his painful struggle with bipolar disorder.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 3, 2006
Touching, funny and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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