Nuts! Reviews

July 29, 2016
Lane uses creative animation, archival footage and recordings - the good doctor apparently loved to be filmed - to tell an absolutely outrageous story of neediness, greed, delusion and gullibility.
July 25, 2016
It's a daring formal gamble on Lane's part, but it doesn't completely work.
July 21, 2016
It's flat-out exciting; really, how many documentaries can you say that about?
July 14, 2016
I can't imagine anyone believing that goat glands transplanted into human reproductive organs could cure impotence, but as this lively, offbeat documentary proves, plenty of Americans did.
July 14, 2016
"NUTS!" starts out as one kind of character study and turns into a very different one. The gullible believe in miracles, fortunes are built and lost, and an entire generation is deliberately misled.
July 8, 2016
This savvy director plays with history and viewers' conceptions of traditional documentary filmmaking, expounding in a way upon Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness."
July 7, 2016
[An] entertaining hornswoggle of a movie.
July 6, 2016
In ways good and bad, his was a distinctly American story, and filmmaker Penny Lane uses a variety of techniques to bring out its strangeness and specialness.
June 30, 2016
"Nuts!" is an intriguing, if patronizing, curio from the cabinet of American arcana, a geegaw from the collective attic that, when dusted off, looks grotesquely funny in the light of today.
June 23, 2016
The movie deconstructs the process of self-mythologizing from the inside out.
June 23, 2016
This is one of the most entertaining documentaries to come along in some time.
June 22, 2016
This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time.
June 22, 2016
Lane has a gift for finding the unexpected in the familiar, the right narrative structure, however eccentric, to tell a story.
June 21, 2016
"Nuts!," an inventive documentary directed by Penny Lane ("Our Nixon") from Thom Stylinski's script, tells a quintessentially American story - one that elicits both wonder and horror.
June 21, 2016
Lane, like any great storyteller, springs surprises after luring her audience in.
June 20, 2016
Filmmaker Penny Lane (real name) spoon-feeds the audience the myth that we so steadfastly cling to. Then, she pulls the rug out.
June 20, 2016
Lane revels in the story's playfully nostalgic wonders without stinting on its implications or its passions.
May 16, 2016
A prankishly entertaining documentary well-suited for people who think they don't like documentaries.
January 23, 2016
Mixing droll animation, stock footage and a restrained number of talking head interviews, the director Penny Lane's biography has all the whimsy of a tall tale, until a late change in tone surprises with genuine emotion. Nuts! is really a kick.