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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Reviews

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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2013
Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 11, 2013
Huber responds to Stanton's languid opacity in ways both inspired... and insipid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
Stanton isn't interested in giving away the details of his life and career, and no one's going to lure them out of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
July 9, 2013
Partly Fiction may sacrifice some comprehensiveness and some insight in avoiding these traps, but it gives us, after its slim 75-minute running time just enough to have us jonesing for more.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sheila O'Malley
September 16, 2013
As he does in his roles, Stanton opens himself up to the camera in a way that has the indelible stamp of truth, an almost fragile sense of honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jamie S. Rich
December 23, 2013
The artist and the art are inseparable. Stanton is a man content in the "nothing" he's carved out for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sophie Brown
Dazed and Confused
October 14, 2016
Singing, smoking and keeping himself to himself, Harry Dean Stanton's quiet enigma suggests a restless sense of perpetual escape and loneliness.
Simon Foster
July 23, 2013
An artful, mesmerising ode..., ...Partly Fiction never teeters over into hagiographic adulation yet manages to convey the very uniqueness that has made Stanton the enigmatic force he is today.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 13, 2013
An insightful, well-constructed exploration of the sad-eyed character actor's life and career.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kirk Honeycutt
June 25, 2013
An oddly satisfying mix that offers considerable insights into Stanton and his acting career.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 28, 2013
Refreshingly stylish and enigmatic. It brings out Harry Dean Stanton's warmth, humility and sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
September 10, 2013
This moody, soulful, music-drenched documentary on the great character actor uses movie clips, his singing, and shards of conversation to create its dark-hued portrait of zen survival. A real treat for those in the know.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
January 16, 2014
A different kind of documentary for a different kind of guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
It's a near-perfect portrait of an actor who never became a household name and yet has earned the admiration of generations of filmmakers.
| Original Score: 4.5/5.0
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2013
It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 10, 2013
You won't learn much, but you'll be strangely happy that you didn't.
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
The Robot's Voice
June 24, 2013
He is precisely the sort of guy who merits a comprehensive documentary about his career, yet Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction isn't that movie, at all.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
September 8, 2013
For any fan, this is mandatory.
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