Barbaric Genius (2011)



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The story of John Healy, who went from street wino to world-class chess player to award-winning author and then disappeared from view. An extraordinary man's remarkable life, a struggle against himself and society, a story of violence, art and possible redemption.

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Critic Reviews for Barbaric Genius

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The film skirts around his emotional life, but it's a gripping study.

May 24, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The films overall structure and a number of holes in the story tremendously weaken Duane's documentary.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…


May 28, 2012 | Full Review…

[Convinces] us of an obscured talent whose lack of exposure remains something of a mystery.

May 25, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a sad film about the fate of the writer John Healy, who survived a brutal childhood and spent the whole of the 1960s drunk in the parks of London's Camden Town.

May 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

More than just a biography or personal celebration, a film about heady highs and excruciating lows of the creative life.

May 24, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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