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A Man Named Pearl Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
May 26, 2009
This documentary is a head-over-heels tribute to Pearl Fryer, a man who is extraordinary--and not just 'cause his name is Pearl!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
In its own modest fashion, the film does capture a sense of the intuitive craftsmanship, pride and determination that drive the self-taught artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
This is moviemaking that honors the craftsmanship of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 9, 2008
A heartwarming but superficial documentary that's saved from hagiography primarily by the humility and charm of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2008
Fryar is such pleasant company that the film's weaknesses can be overlooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 29, 2008
An engaging, albeit superficial, look at a man and his creations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 15, 2008
One of those hidden treasures of the art house that it's your duty to seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2008
Conflict and controversy are the breeding ground for story, and A Man Named Pearl -- for all its beauty and inspiration -- is sorely lacking in these elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 1, 2008
On a smaller, less-cosmic scale of appreciation, Pearl's uplifting story is a welcome reminder that any pursuit of growth and nurturing will yield unexpectedly wonderful dividends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 1, 2008
Unlike so many documentaries that exploit stereotypes of Southern ignorance, the people of Bishopville come off as intelligent and articulate, with an acute awareness of their shortcomings in the evolution toward more equitable race relations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
July 25, 2008
Pleasant enough dollop of inspiration about 68-year-old Pearl Fryar, who turns his depressed South Carolina hometown into a tourist destination.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2008
A Man Named Pearl not only makes you want to get out there and play Edward Scissorhands but can, at least for its 78 jazz-and-gospel infused minutes, help replenish one's faith in humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 19, 2008
This would have worked better as a short documentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
July 18, 2008
[This] irresistible documentary about self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar is a portrait of a polite, church-going, thoroughly decent man who found his bliss training and trimming discarded plants into fantastical things of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 18, 2008
Meet the real-life Edward Scissorhands, Pearl Fryar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
July 18, 2008
Despite the kid-glove questioning, the film ends on an uplifting sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 18, 2008
Assembled without frills or fuss, A Man Named Pearl is as much a portrait of a small Southern town as of an unassuming black folk artist.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 17, 2008
An extraordinary documentary about a talented African-American, a garden of exquisite beauty and love, and a community that has been brought to life by his artistry, enthusiasm,and generosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kam Williams
July 17, 2008
A touching bio-pic about a humble soul who encountered racism and responded with love, peace and goodwill towards all people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
July 16, 2008
As a portrait of genteel small-town life, it's not half-bad, so hellbent on being inspirational that it dodges thornier issues, but so pleasant and well-organized that it's hard to mind.
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