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Chris & Don Reviews

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March 8, 2009
A wonderfully crafted documentary about a most unusual long-term relationship
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 27, 2009
A great, revealing documentary; one of the best films released in 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 10, 2008
The documentary, made after Isherwood's death and with Bachardy's enthusiastic participation, is as much a love story as a chronicle of Bachardy's maturation into a man and an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2008
Long before anyone was talking about gay marriage, that's what Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy had
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 1, 2008
Isherwood was the far more interesting subject, but Chris & Don is all about Bachardy -- an observation that feels like opportunism more than love story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 1, 2008
Despite an age difference of 30 years, their connection was immediately electric; their first kiss, the story goes, broke a window.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2008
Surprisingly, this 2007 documentary about their 34-year relationship becomes more engrossing as its focus shifts from Isherwood to Bachardy...
July 31, 2008
It's a sentimental and loving picture, playing out as a leisurely cocktail-hour stroll through an enchanting life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 31, 2008
There's a bit of Pygmalion meets The Portrait of Dorian Gray to it, and yet part of the documentary's slyness involves probing those aspects while never losing sight of the pain and glories of any emotional relationship that lasts as long as
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2008
A charming, loving portrait electrified by the inclusion of lots of terrific home movie footage. These relics of gay history are worth the rest of the movie.
July 24, 2008
With delectable-looking home movies of the couple's travels in California and Europe, Chris and Don offers an intimate portrayal of a passionate, enduring association, as well as a social history of postwar life.
July 24, 2008
Regardless of whether you recognize the names of Christopher Isherwood or Don Bachardy, this masterful documentary draws you into the men's lives like a star-studded bedtime tale.
July 18, 2008
Santi and Mascara are right to call their film A Love Story, because this is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 7, 2008
It's an extraordinary film that gay audiences will find particularly salient, no doubt, yet audiences with an affinity for the writings of Isherwood or nostalgia for the golden age of Hollywood may find it intriguing as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2008
A charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance between Isherwood and Bachardy.
June 29, 2008
The subtitle of the film is 'A Love Story.' The picture makes the worn term fresh, moving.
June 19, 2008
Isherwood and Bachardy's story features cameos by a galaxy of literary and cinema stars, but few are as impressive as the protagonists, who defied the conventions of their times by living openly as a happy, well-adjusted couple.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2008
The work is a reflective hodgepodge of unnervingly 'cute' animation, reenactments, archival footage, and Bachardy's own reminiscences, spoken in the singular British accent he invented just as he invented his own unorthodox life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2008
Chris & Don: A Love Story examines a complicated and enduring relationship that raised eyebrows even in Hollywood.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2008
[A] much-celebrated documentary from the festival circuit.
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