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Tell Them Who You Are Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 6, 2007
It works as a portrait of a father-son relationship that's awkward, volatile, uneven and always painfully real.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 22, 2005
What we really get from son Mark's unusual take is a sterling movie about fathers (especially famous fathers) and offspring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 13, 2005
[A] tremendously moving documentary.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2005
A real gem of a film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 8, 2005
A vivid picture of a relationship that, like most, isn't quite picture-perfect.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2005
A lively, often hilarious yet profoundly moving experience.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 10, 2005
The film holds steady and rarely asks for pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 5, 2005
It's a welcome, honest assessment of a powerful and industry-connected father and his just-wants- to-be-himself son.
| Original Score: A-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2005
An engaging and perceptive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 26, 2005
As personally troublesome as they may be, the prickly dynamics keep the docu bobbing along.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 26, 2005
A stunning personal document -- funny, touching, vital.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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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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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 20, 2005
It's a case in which the director should have put his ego and personal issues aside to create a more conventional life story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 20, 2005
Tell them Who You Are is breezy and informative. It offers a view of the talented, opinionated man that only his son could pull off.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 20, 2005
You have to put up with too much family therapy for the few insights into Wexler's brilliant work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 20, 2005
If Tell Them Who You Are had been a sunny doc about how great the old man was, it wouldn't be worth seeing -- and wouldn't be the kind of film Haskell himself makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 19, 2005
This intimate portrait of the legendary octogenarian cinematographer Haskell Wexler is the richest documentary of its kind since Terry Zwigoffs Crumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 19, 2005
A fully realized, emotionally moving portrait of a difficult, complex subject.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 19, 2005
The movie gets progressively more candid until, toward the end, the two Wexlers, along with Mark's mother, collaborate on one great sequence of family sorrow and togetherness all but redeems the entire movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 17, 2005
Wexler père, who turned 80 during filming, is a much more compelling figure than we glimpsed in 1992's DP essay Visions of Light.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2005
A remarkable work -- lively, painful, humorous, deeply revealing of both father and son -- that is worthy of one of Hollywood's finest directors of photography.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 12, 2005
A revealing portrait of the artist as irascible autodidact, committed social crusader and deeply flawed father figure.
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Erik Lundegaard
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 14, 2005
A hilarious, poignant documentary from Mark Wexler, son of famous cinematographer Haskell Wexler, about his irascible, politically headstrong father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4