Phyllis and Harold (2010)


Critic Consensus: It isn't as profound as it pretends to be, and it strays uncomfortably close to voyeurism, but Phyllis and Harold is an undeniably engrossing documentary.


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Director Cindy Kleine examines the sometimes-turbulent, sometimes-tender 60-year marriage between her mother and father in this documentary that blends cinéma vérité-style filmmaking with first-hand reporting. The result is a film that traces the relationship of Kleine's parents from their pre-World War II courtship straight into the new millennium, revealing long-held family secrets as it celebrates the unique personalities of two people who may not always get along, but forever remain deeply in love.

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Critic Reviews for Phyllis and Harold

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

It's a fascinating plea, on Kleine's part, to make sense of the many cul-de-sacs and hidden passageways in her mother's life. She doesn't succeed, but you have the distinct feeling that she couldn't have.

Jul 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Phyllis and Harold has extraordinary breadth and depth and has been made with wit, compassion and imagination, and it reflects the complexity of life itself.

Apr 9, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Engrossing, sad and heartbreaking.

Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An impossibly self-involved portrait of a union far more commonplace than its offspring seem to believe.

Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

My only question: Why does Kleine -- who's married to Andre Gregory of My Dinner With Andre fame -- think that anybody outside her family gives a damn?

Feb 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Kleine forgoes good-old-days nostalgia in an effort to examine a generation that braved the new America sans a rule book.

Feb 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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