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A Man Named Pearl Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 15, 2008
A decidedly limited, functional aesthetic affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 15, 2008
Pic looks very much like a protracted man-of-the-week spot on a local newscast.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 19, 2008
This would have worked better as a short documentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 13, 2008
Pearl himself is impeccable, but however merited, the film's encomiums cloy, like the short-lived TV program that reported only "good" news items.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 1, 2008
Topiary folk artist and chainsaw-wielding 'plant whisperer' Pearl Fryar seems like a wonderful man, but the directors never justify the feature-length treatment they give to a story that easily would have fit into a Sunday morning Charles Kuralt segment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
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
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
Jennifer Merin
About.com
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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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
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
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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
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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
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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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