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Must Read After My Death Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
March 23, 2009
A polarizing family secrets drama whose moment of revelation is continually diverted in favor of enticing new fragments of the truth...
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 8, 2009
It's haunting and troubling, therapeutically transforming home movies into visual art.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 2, 2009
An unsettling portrait of a broken family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2009
A searing and intimate account of an unconventional woman struggling not to lose her identity or her sanity in the rigid 1950s suburban world of stay-at-home moms, well-behaved children and sparkling-clean houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 26, 2009
Like other family doc gothics, the heart of the suburbs is-gasp!-black as bile; unlike them, however, this has a strong female voice that gives us chills from beyond the grave
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
February 26, 2009
It's mesmerizing.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 26, 2009
A bloodcurdling 75-minute diary assembled from an astonishing stash of audiotapes and Dictaphone recordings, cries and whispers out of one documentary filmmaker's family history.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
February 26, 2009
As it makes narrative sense out of experience, it also leaves much of the nonsense in place, not explaining or rationalizing, but showing that such inclinations - by doctors, husbands, and even mothers - can be as disturbing as the chaos they seek to fix.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
February 26, 2009
I applaud Gigantic's desire to bring independent-film distribution into the new-millennial cutting edge. But I'll judge its success only after the company has streamed more real, live movies.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 26, 2009
Dews helps Allis hold out a gendered posthumous snapshot of an era whose smug surface, barely masking oceans of suffering, makes Revolutionary Road look like a tea party.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 25, 2009
File this 'therapeutic' movie, well made and creepy, on the dysfunction-as-art shelf 
next to Capturing the Friedmans.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
February 21, 2009
'Must Read After My Death' feels less like a documentary and more like a loud scream for help.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 21, 2009
The obvious but effective tactic of contrasting words and visuals scrapes off the veneer of domestic bliss that people put on for the world and which gets pasted in scrapbooks and hung on walls.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nora Lee Mandel
February 21, 2009
One of the most sympathetic and revealing portraits of a suburban woman in crisis ever made in any medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 20, 2009
The stuttery films and faded, scratchy photos show us a suburban American family straight out of the media cliche machine.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
February 20, 2009
This account of his maternal grandparents and their children functions as a time capsule from 1960s America and as an engrossing alternative to Revolutionary Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 20, 2009
A spare but riveting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 20, 2009
Dews wisely realizes that he needs nothing more than his grandparents' writings, recordings and home movies to portray the stark emptiness of Allis' life, as well as the sexist, neurotically conformist culture that smothered her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 20, 2009
It would take a pretty good filmmaker to turn Grandma's old home movies and audio tapes into something mysterious and chilling, but Morgan Dews has done that with this provocative documentary.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 20, 2009
Must Read After My Death makes no brief for these people as remarkable, exceptional or unusual. That may be the most frightening thing of all.
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