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In the Realms of the Unreal Reviews

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Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
July 29, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
May 27, 2005
Fascinating, if flawed.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2005
A stylistic triumph and a sad but also romantic depiction of an artist in his purest state.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 15, 2005
It is an engrossing introduction to the artist and his work.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 8, 2005
Walks the line between being just creepy enough to be interesting and being completely disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Wilson
Film Threat
April 5, 2005
In Darger's apartment, the surreal became real, and a testament to the life's work of a simple man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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?
| Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 31, 2005
A biographical portrait of a man who spent his life muttering to himself in a language only he could understand.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 31, 2005
Jessica Yu's documentary manages the uneasy feat of being both inspiring and disturbing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jesse Paddock
March 21, 2005
Director Jessica Yu makes the case that it's tough to know much about Darger with certainty.
Eric Melin
March 14, 2005
By bringing Darger's paintings to life with movement, voices, and sound effects, the audience is allowed to step into "The Realms of the Unreal."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
In the Realms of the Unreal is a post-mortem salute to a prolific artist who lived meekly and took his epic achievement to the grave.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 4, 2005
| 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.

Baltimore Sun
February 25, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
August 3, 2005
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 11, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 4, 2005
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
May 22, 2005
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
March 5, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2005
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