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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

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One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside


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A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a remarkable doc about a life well lived.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer's lengthy list of descriptors.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A delightful ride through a singular literary career.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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As an editor, he launched impressive careers; as a dabbler, he illuminated them.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Two new docs on American culture merit attention

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Yes, there are laughs, but Tom Bean and Luke Poling create a nuanced portrait of Plimpton, an upper-crust dabbler who was kicked out of boarding school only to make a life out of dabbling.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Once again George Plimpton is the life of the party.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

...admiring but complicated

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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