Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt Reviews

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May 25, 2015
A textured, elegiac, and deeply plangent music documentary. Brown's film, never exposing Van Zandt to too much harsh light, preserves this enigma just enough that it makes you want to go back to the music after you've caught these glimpses of the man.
April 6, 2010
This may not be a solid biography, but it feels true.
September 18, 2007
A surprisingly deep understanding of an otherwise obscure artist.
June 21, 2007
While the film lacks polish, there's enough good material and good performances to keep everything on track.
July 4, 2006
Loving but unflinching documentary on celebrated singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
April 14, 2006
Van Zandt gets his own documentary
March 9, 2006
[An] honest, sobering and poignant tribute to a tortured talent who died young and left behind a treasure chest of songs.
February 10, 2006
Van Zandt comes across as humble, witty, empathetic, sympathetic and very, very gifted.
February 3, 2006
A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt.
February 2, 2006
Manages a pretty fair portrait of Van Zandt and his personal demons, pressures and joys.
December 24, 2005
Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the- brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry.
December 17, 2005
Brown weaves together audio footage and taped interviews that show a man whose proximity to death had calcified into a sharp blade of self-deprecating wit.
December 17, 2005
...required viewing for Van Zandt fans, probably required for country music fans, and even of interest to those with no great affection for either.
December 15, 2005
Unlike many music documentaries, this is not a drab, talking-heads affair but a portrait assembled from evocative images and songs.
December 15, 2005
A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted.
December 11, 2005
Vivid yet impressionistic, Margaret Brown's film tribute to the singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt brings the late musician and his career into rare focus.
December 10, 2005
December 10, 2005
An unnarrated collection of gently told reminiscences that rove impressionistically, the film touches on various points in a career that remained a well-kept secret from the start, when Van Zandt began performing in the late 1960s.
December 2, 2005
Brown has put together a heartbreaking yet inspiring portrait of a transcendently tragic artist through home movies, family scrapbooks, live performances and interviews with ex-wives, record producers, and peers.
December 2, 2005
Both frustrating and touching.
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