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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 18, 2003
Filling but ultimately not terribly substantive. A summary abridgment of the scandal and fallout over Fortunate Son that doesn't draw any lasting conclusions of its own or, indeed, ask its watchers to do too much heavy mental lifting either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 14, 2002
Intriguing documentary which is emotionally diluted by focusing on the story's least interesting subject.
| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
A fascinating but choppy documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Film Threat
January 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2003
Effective in presenting its portraits of these two men, Hatfield so depressed, Hicks so optimistic, but it's not successful at getting to the bottom of the cocaine charges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
To their credit, Hawley and Galinsky show that there are plenty of horns and halos to go around.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 6, 2002
A compassionate, moving portrait of an American (and an America) always reaching for something just outside his grasp.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
May 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 22, 2003
An acute demonstration of the failure today of traditional media to give us a story in its entirety...
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
February 25, 2003
What emerges is not only an Underdog v. Simon Bar Sinister saga but a fascinating character study.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 28, 2003
An alternately fascinating and frustrating documentary.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
February 28, 2003
Saddled with an unwieldy cast of characters and angles, but the payoff is powerful and revelatory.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 28, 2003
Horns and Halos benefits from serendipity but also reminds us of our own responsibility to question what is told as the truth.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 31, 2003
A spry documentary that makes the most of two compelling characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 1, 2003
If this was just a documentary about the book, it wouldn't be nearly as effective - it works because of the human-interest aspects of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
March 10, 2003
There aren't many conclusive answers in the film, but there is an interesting story of pointed personalities, courage, tragedy and the little guys vs. the big guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2003
A fine effort, an interesting topic, some intriguing characters and a sad ending. Certainly the big finish wasn't something Galinsky and Hawley could have planned for... but part of being a good documentarian is being there when the rope snaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Nayman
October 2, 2002
It's a fine, focused piece of work that reopens an interesting controversy and never succumbs to sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
April 26, 2003
It suggests the wide-ranging effects of media manipulation, from the kind of reporting that is done by the supposedly liberal media ... to the intimate and ultimately tragic heartache of maverick individuals like Hatfield and Hicks.
Louis Proyect
March 3, 2003
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Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 21, 2004
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