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A Man Named Pearl Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 15, 2008
Pic looks very much like a protracted man-of-the-week spot on a local newscast.