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Mule Skinner Blues Reviews

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Christopher Null
May 2, 2002
Has all the poignancy of a Hallmark card and all the comedy of a Gallagher stand-up act.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
May 28, 2002
Stephen Earnhart's documentary is a decomposition of healthy eccentric inspiration and ambition - wearing a cloak of unsentimental, straightforward text - when it's really an exercise in gross romanticization of the delusional personality type.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2002
The charms of willful eccentricity, at least as evidenced by this latest cinematic essay, are beginning to wear a bit thin.

Apollo Guide
May 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 12, 2002
It might be tempting to regard Mr. Andrew and his collaborators as oddballs, but Mr. Earnhart's quizzical, charming movie allows us to see them, finally, as artists.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
April 12, 2002
Watching Beanie and his gang put together his slasher video from spare parts and borrowed materials is as much fun as it must have been for them to make it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
June 21, 2002
It will make you think twice about what might be going on inside each trailer park you drive past -- even if it chiefly inspires you to drive a little faster.
| Original Score: B
Joshua Tanzer
March 10, 2003
Beanie's a big believer in appreciating the art in your own neighborhood even if it isn't backed by a multimillion-dollar budget - and so am I.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2002
Stephen Earnhart's homespun documentary Mule Skinner Blues has nothing but love for its posse of trailer park denizens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 2, 2002
We get some truly unique character studies and a cross-section of Americana that Hollywood couldn't possibly fictionalize and be believed.
Rachel Gordon
April 12, 2002
A treat for its depiction on not giving up on dreams when you're a struggling nobody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Josh Goldfein
Village Voice
April 9, 2002
By the time we learn that Andrew's Turnabout Is Fair Play is every bit as awful as Borchardt's Coven, we can enjoy it anyway.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
April 12, 2002
Boisterous and daft documentary.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 30, 2002
It's easy to forget the film's flaws when we're in the presence of Beanie.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
April 3, 2002
Definitely funny stuff, but it's more of the 'laughing at' variety than the 'laughing with.'
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Pam Grady
April 12, 2002
What emerges is not only a portrait of some of the more colorful denizens of Mayport, Florida, but also a moving examination of the power of art to transform lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
April 12, 2002
This is as powerful a set of evidence as you'll ever find of why art matters, and how it can resonate far beyond museum walls and through to the most painfully marginal lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2002
As amusing as it often is, it is even more affectionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Though director Earnhart has yet to find the ironic distance, sharp interviewing techniques or creative editing of documentarians like Chris Smith ... and Errol Morris ... Mule Skinner Blues suggests he is on the right track.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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