New York Doll

Critics Consensus

Arthur Kane is a fascinating subject in what ultimately proves to be a touching, bittersweet documentary.



Total Count: 51


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A recovering alcoholic and converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, reunites with his old band, the New York Dolls, after 30 years.

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Critic Reviews for New York Doll

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17)

  • The Doll in the title of the fine, touching documentary New York Doll is far from a supermodel.

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • New York Doll is still a revelation, and a fine companion piece to End of the Century, the edgier and uglier history of another post-Dolls band, The Ramones.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • The late Johnny Thunders didn't write You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory until after the Dolls had broken up, but this lovely little heartbreaker of a movie takes the sentiment as its own.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • [A] respectful and subtle look at the difference faith can make in one's life.

    Nov 23, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Becomes a lovely portrait of a man coming back to himself, without forgetting what else he's become.

    Nov 18, 2005 | Rating: 4/4
  • As the credits roll, New York Doll transforms from a puff piece about an aging rock star into a moving rumination on a man's final grasp for redemption.

    Nov 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for New York Doll

  • Jul 11, 2011
    Fantastic doc on Arthur 'Killer' Kane, the bassist for the New York Dolls. If you like documentaries and/or the Dolls, this is one for you.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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