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Escapes Reviews

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August 21, 2018
Escapes feels like a fitting and strange tribute to someone whose robust intimacy with life remains just as complicated today.
January 21, 2018
Hampton Fancher, best known for his Blade Runner screenplay, here is seen in a documentary about the fascinating journey of his life, from obscurity to fame, peppered with numerous film clips from his days as a TV and movie actor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 27, 2017
Taken as a whole, this winningly off-kilter film tells the tale of an undeniable Character, who not only lives but occasionally thrives in an uniquely toxic environment.
August 25, 2017
Be it divine intervention or just pure dumb luck, Fancher never lost his foothold on the fringes of cinema. He lived his life as if it was a movie waiting to be made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2017
The resulting film is what The Kid Stays in the Picture might have been like if Robert Evans had lacked his driving ambition and peaked with Rosemary's Baby.
August 16, 2017
A half-dozen true Hollywood stories are presented in "Escapes," all offered in a matter-of-fact style that seems detached from typical celebrity brand-building and false humility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2017
The hint of sadness that permeates Fancher's story-telling is clearly detectable, which makes us lean in. The question is, whether this is a life worth profiling?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 10, 2017
"Escapes" is as unconventional as its subject, demonstrating the charming things that can happen when a life in no way ordinary gets documented by a filmmaker most unusual.
August 10, 2017
It's a fascinating journey, but one that demands real patience at times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 4, 2017
Director Michael Almereyda documents the eccentricities of a low-key Hollywood icon.
August 1, 2017
[An] enjoyable doc, which touches on everything from flamenco to Blade Runner and leaves us wanting more.
July 27, 2017
Fancher is just one of those guys -- you know the kind. The word is usually "raconteur," but that doesn't quite seem to cover it, here. In fact, there isn't a word in the English language that does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 27, 2017
[An] affectionate biographical scrapbook ...
July 27, 2017
A loose, informal portrait of a man still on the hustle.
July 26, 2017
Almereyda makes the most of this Dickensian hero's qualities by having him share some of his most unique anecdotes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 25, 2017
Mr. Fancher turns every walk down memory lane into a leisurely, surprise-filled stroll through a labyrinth, taking us right and then left and then down apparent dead ends before guiding us home.
July 23, 2017
A preoccupation with the totemic materiality of cinema runs through Michael Almereyda's documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2018
Watching the film is often frustrating, but only because it surrounds its interesting subject with half-baked narrative devices, none of which accentuate his story, so much as they drown it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 3, 2017
"Escapes" is an eccentric portrait of a not especially eccentric - or even terribly interesting - subject ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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