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Tell Them Who You Are Reviews

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July 15, 2005
As fascinating as all the film history is, the movie's core is the dynamic between a famous but distant parent and his child.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2005
A vivid picture of a relationship that, like most, isn't quite picture-perfect.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2005
Haskell comes off as a jerk -- but Mark somehow looks even worse: not just insincere but weak, vain and vindictive.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 7, 2005
Tell Them Who You Are achieves greatness in its climax, which goes beyond the many faces Haskell Wexler shows the world and reveals yet another side, one that seems to surprise even him.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2005
A lively, often hilarious yet profoundly moving experience.
June 15, 2005
Dysfunctional, yes, but the film's power comes in the gradual lessening of the defenses as the men reach out into devastating honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 10, 2005
What makes this movie deeply fascinating is the fight Haskell wages. As the semi-willing subject of this movie, he's determined to gain the upper hand or, at least, come out somewhat sympathetic.
June 10, 2005
The strength of Tell Them Who You Are is its honesty in showing how the younger man faces the protean force that sired him, cheated on his mother, called him stupid, despised his politics and yet through it all, somehow, still loved him.
June 10, 2005
The film holds steady and rarely asks for pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
Part history, part biography, part appreciation, and all therapy, it is a funny, wrenching, profound, and deeply moving film.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 5, 2005
It's a welcome, honest assessment of a powerful and industry-connected father and his just-wants- to-be-himself son.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 28, 2005
...touches on some universal truths about paternal relationships.
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May 27, 2005
An engaging and perceptive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2005
As personally troublesome as they may be, the prickly dynamics keep the docu bobbing along.
May 26, 2005
A stunning personal document -- funny, touching, vital.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 25, 2005
Absorbing and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 25, 2005
Beneath its exploration of fatherly distance, this is really a portrait of why cranks make better artists than earnest nice guys.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 23, 2005
A far more intriguing and moving film than one might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 21, 2005
The result is quite moving at times, but ultimately perhaps of interest to only those intimately involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2005
Tell Them Who You Are is fascinating for the issues -- ethical, aesthetic, psychoanalytic -- it raises. But it doesn't fully come together.
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