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In the Realms of the Unreal Reviews

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Lexi Feinberg
CinemaBlend.com
March 9, 2005
A quality picture that would have been better off as a short film than a full length feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 4, 2005
Haunting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 4, 2005
Yu's film is haunting, troubling and weirdly exhilarating. It can't begin to answer all the questions raised by Darger's ephemeral existence. Instead it wisely embraces his mystery.
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
March 4, 2005
A fascinating and quite moving documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 23, 2005
Yu could have brought in some talking heads for psychological analysis, but the art and writing themselves explain everything we need to know about this sad, lonely man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2005
Yu's decision to bypass the literature about Darger is unfortunate, because it contains so many fascinating details about his source materials, methods, creative problems, and aesthetic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 10, 2005
Henry Darger's mind may have been a tough place to live, but In the Realms of the Unreal makes for a stirring visit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 4, 2005
This is a film every bit as poetic, textured and intriguing as Darger's own rapturous visions.

E! Online
February 4, 2005
Unreal, surreal, call it what you want -- but the very real art of Henry Darger was unlike anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 3, 2005
The path taken by the film is somewhat labyrinthine and obscure, but it offers enough rewards to counterbalance its frustrations.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 30, 2005
The animations, as neat as they are, changed Darger's work, and it became about the technique of animation instead of about the art itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 30, 2005
Sporadically intriguing but mostly interminable...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 28, 2005
A film that strives mightily to make an interesting subject out of a pathetic and possibly dangerous figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 28, 2005
The movie's central gimmick, animating the novel's illustrations while actors like Larry Pine and Dakota Fanning read the text dramatically in voiceover, grows cumulatively irritating and alienating.
| Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 28, 2005
An engrossing documentary that will leave you wanting to know more about Henry Darger and his work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 27, 2005
In the Realms of the Unreal is Darger's worst nightmare, a work of spectacular invasiveness
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 24, 2005
This is Academy Award level documentary making.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 21, 2005
A one-of-a-kind documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 21, 2005
Skillfully paints a portrait of a reclusive and mysterious man by embracing his mystery and primarily letting [Darger], through his work, speak for himself.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2005
While Yu has made a sensitive and intriguing introduction to Darger and his world, she could have gone further without the film becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude of his unsettling isolation and oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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