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Running From Crazy Reviews

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Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
April 26, 2014
Kopple is one of my favorite directors because she believes in her audience's intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 21, 2013
"People can heal themselves by feeling genuine love for each other," says Mariel's daughter, arms around her mother. It may not be the entire answer, but it's a start.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
November 10, 2013
A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2013
An artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 7, 2013
A sobering documentary focusing on Mariel Hemingway and her struggle with the terrible curse of seven suicides in her family history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 1, 2013
It's Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film's fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 31, 2013
This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 28, 2013
The historical Hemingway Curse stuff is great, the infomercial about how well preserved Mariel Hemingway plays like an Oprah celeb special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Lowes
April 30, 2013
The film is perhaps a little too long, but aside from the saccharine which occasionally lurks beneath this is an otherwise engaging and thoughtful study into a hereditary illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Thompson
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 25, 2013
Using home movies and other footage, Kopple provides a discomfiting portrait of a family's deep-seated dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
November 1, 2013
There's so much interesting material in the life of the Hemingways, but Running From Crazy doesn't do them enough justice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 29, 2013
A certain Hollywood self-absorption is on display here, but the family's depressing story merits Mariel's vigilant defensiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
October 29, 2013
The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 24, 2013
Though undeniably well-intentioned, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't seem particularly concerned with asking - or trying to answer - the big questions surrounding familial suicide trends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2013
Whereas American Dream ended with a moment of genuine devastation, Running from Crazy offers little more than surface-level tear-wringing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rob Nelson
February 5, 2013
The narratively jumbled film ... features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing.
January 25, 2013
The only new titbit of information for Hemingway-philes is that none of his grandchildren read his books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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