Critics Consensus

This absorbing but wince-inducing documentary is a cautionary tale about the costs of hubris in the world of indie film.



Total Count: 78
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The megalomaniacal rise and fall of filmmaker Troy Duffy is chronicled by one-time friends and colleagues in director Mark Smith's documentary. The film takes its title from the "overnight success" that befell Duffy in 1996, when the then-bartender was signed by Miramax president Harvey Weinstein to direct his killers-on-a-mission-from-God script The Boondock Saints. Smith's cameras follow Duffy from pre-production -- when he battled with executives over casting and financing decisions -- on through to the lackluster release of the film. What's more, Duffy expected his relative cinematic success to translate over to his burgeoning rock band as well -- and the tension created by the presupposed deal caused him to alienate just about everyone involved with both projects.


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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (31)

  • Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith's acidic, vitriolic takedown of Duffy boasts the abrasive intensity of a migraine headache and the depth and scope of a bona fide American tragedy.

    May 10, 2008 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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  • A portrait of Hollywood hubris extraordinaire.

    Aug 16, 2007

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [An] unflinching depiction of a would-be Tarantino turning himself into chopped liver.

    Aug 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • A compulsive, cautionary tale about a man whose self-trumpeted 'deep cesspool of creativity' seems destined to remain undredged.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The story of the neither late nor great Troy Duffy would make the perfect film-school graduation gift.

    Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • In their rush to give Duffy his comeuppance, the filmmakers barrel past their movie's real potential, which could have been a blistering exposé of Hollywood's bandwagon mentality.

    Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

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