In the Realms of the Unreal Reviews

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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.
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 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.
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."
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.
March 4, 2005
Haunting.
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.
February 26, 2005
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