In the Realms of the Unreal Reviews

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August 17, 2010
could've been riveting stuff if only its subject was half as interesting as its approach
June 3, 2008
The camera is too eager to swim in the artist's sea, but it might've revealed more if it had paused to let our imaginations provide the movement, as Darger's presumably did.
March 1, 2007
It was Yu's mistaken belief that experts would detract from her intimate approach that gives the film its tenuity, the lingering sense that far too little has been explored.
December 6, 2005
July 29, 2005
May 27, 2005
Fascinating, if flawed.
May 20, 2005
A stylistic triumph and a sad but also romantic depiction of an artist in his purest state.
May 19, 2005
Instead of stooping to armchair psychology, this marvelous movie trusts its fascinating subject matter to spin its own web of mystery and melancholia.
May 13, 2005
Alternately enlightening and frustrating.
May 6, 2005
Suggests only that Darger's inner life was rich but came out in simple and unfocused art. . . . What Darger needs isn't fan fiction, but insightful analysis and criticism.
April 21, 2005
The best thing about In the Realms of the Unreal are the sequences in which Darger's drawings, of epic battles and pigtailed heroines, are gently animated -- the pictures brought to life with subtle, fluttering motion.
April 20, 2005
...a fascinating sort of connect-the-dots that allows us to essentially piece together our very own personalized portrait of this most curious of artists.
April 15, 2005
It is an engrossing introduction to the artist and his work.
April 15, 2005
Fails to shed much light on this odd, reclusive man or his art.
April 8, 2005
Walks the line between being just creepy enough to be interesting and being completely disturbing.
April 5, 2005
In Darger's apartment, the surreal became real, and a testament to the life's work of a simple man.
April 1, 2005
Can the secret life of the mind be as worthwhile as the 'real' life a person shares with others in the physical world?
March 31, 2005
A biographical portrait of a man who spent his life muttering to himself in a language only he could understand.
March 31, 2005
Jessica Yu's documentary manages the uneasy feat of being both inspiring and disturbing.
March 21, 2005
Director Jessica Yu makes the case that it's tough to know much about Darger with certainty.
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