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

April 6, 2010
This may not be a solid biography, but it feels true.
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 3, 2006
A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt.
January 5, 2006
A less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons.
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 15, 2005
A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted.
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
Both frustrating and touching.
December 2, 2005
Brown's film evinces a tender, yet unsparing scrutiny of its subject's idiosyncrasies without getting too caught up in the romance of ruin.
December 2, 2005
The songs burn with a dark fire, yet there are moments when Van Zandt is less Bob Dylan than David St. Hubbins.
December 2, 2005
It's Van Zandt's family that provides the film's most memorable moments, from the second wife who declared life with him 'a bummer' to the children still trying to reconcile the great artist with the very mortal man.
December 1, 2005
Margaret Brown has directed a tender, impressionistic film biography about the Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
November 29, 2005
Loving but frank.
October 20, 2005
A dignified and wistful look at the unusual life, difficult career and lasting influence of singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.