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Marwencol Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 9, 2012
Extraordinary, astonishing, revealing, unique
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 9, 2012
Truly inspiring
Tim Martain
The Mercury
September 8, 2012
The film is never flippant, never disrespectful and always approaches Mark's hobby with eyes wide open and no agenda other than fascinated admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
September 30, 2011
Alternate realities help us work through issues, but might keep us from confronting the world
Dan Jardine
August 20, 2011
By allowing his emerging post-trauma experience into his pretend kingdom, the man is reconstituting his self-consciousness, reclaiming the dignity of his whole mind, recovering his soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 13, 2011
First-time director Jeff Malmberg does almost everything right in this stunningly empathetic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Marwencol provides a deeply empathetic view of loneliness and powerful evidence of art as an outlet.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 4, 2011
Speaks to the addictiveness, the catharsis, the unpredictability, and the eternity of the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
March 2, 2011
A heartwrenching tale of wish fulfillment on a nearly molecular level...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
February 10, 2011
Marwencol is a mesmerizing documentary, and like Mark Hogancamp it continually surprises you. It may also be one of the best films you'll see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
January 18, 2011
Hogancamp didn't know he was creating art ... he was merely surviving, spinning stories for his sanity. In an era of 'look-at-me,' this type of agenda is as far away from our world as Marwencol itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 13, 2011
Cinematically raw, untidy and sometimes positively odd, but it's also revealing, fascinating, unsettling and ultimately quite touching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stan Hall
January 6, 2011
"Marwencol" is inspiring but also insightful because it refuses to gloss over complex, even discomfiting questions surrounding its endearing but troubled central character.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 4, 2011
Malmberg instead takes a gentle approach. He's patient and coaxing, and he lets Mark grow comfortable for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 28, 2010
Simultaneously hypnotic and unnerving, it asks some rather uncomfortable questions about the nature of art and the potential and limits of self-healing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
December 28, 2010
Director Jeff Malmberg sees something in Hogancamp that he wants all of us to see, an imperfect human scarred by horrific trauma who nonetheless finds a reason to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
December 28, 2010
Enthralling and deeply strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
December 17, 2010
The film Marwencol is as mesmerizing as Mark's imaginary town and treats him and his world with absolute respect
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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