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Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
June 11, 2013
Ungerer is certainly an irrepressible force, but beyond his surreal erotica getting him blacklisted from picture books in the early '70s, his life isn't very dramatic, and Bernstein's film pads it with historical footage and precious animations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 16, 2013
Does every semi-famous person deserve a full-length documentary about them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
August 30, 2013
The art floats and comes to life, animated and illustrating the flights of fantasy that continue unabated at [Ungerer] studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2013
Brad Bernstein's documentary proves that Ungerer's legacy is as historically significant as it is artistically.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 11, 2013
The subject is more fascinating than the documentary about him, in this case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2012
Easily the most wildly fascinating artist profiled in a documentary since Crumb.
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2013
Ungerer's ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoisie make him an engaging narrator.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
A welcome introduction to a remarkable man.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 19, 2013
Ungerer's art is interesting, and so is he.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
As provocative as the art is - whether G-rated or R - the artist is even more interesting. Still sketching, still engaged, and, as the film closes, still searching for the outer reaches of enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
June 16, 2013
A formidable creative force fueled by massive contradictions, Ungerer is a kind of self-analytical shrink here. Conflicted yet inspired by identity issues, political injustice art, and a weirdly beloved treasure trove of headless sex slave barbie dolls.
Cole Smithey
June 16, 2013
"Far Out Isn't Far Enough" is everything a good documentary should be.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 13, 2013
Charming animated sequences offer a tantalizing taste of this creator's singular talents, underscoring the grievous wrongs dealt him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
Though nobody's citizen, the artist, as this engrossing if somewhat oblique career portrait confirms, is still present.
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Boyd van Hoeij
June 18, 2013
The colorful personality and heterogeneous body of work of French-born illustrator-author Tomi Ungerer is vividly brought to life in docu "Far Out Isn't Far Enough."
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Ungerer has a light touch with weighty absurdity.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2013
"Far Out Isn't Far Enough" [has] a raconteur's charm rare among film studies of artists' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
September 16, 2013
A deft, intelligent, tense and exciting melodrama from Denmark about a Danish ship taken by Somali pirates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Louis Proyect
June 15, 2013
Children's book author, antiwar agitator and pornographer for the carriage trade, Tomi Ungerer is one of the more interesting artists of the past half-century. Be thankful that this documentary captures his essence.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
July 11, 2013
In 1958, Ungerer's picture book "Crictor" featured an unlikely hero, a boa constrictor, and the usual anodyne pabulum served up to bored kids would no longer do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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