Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? Reviews

August 5, 2019
It's a shame that, given Nilsson's musical stature, that the film about his life seems less like capturing his spirit than just dully tracing his life.
February 11, 2019
Informative and entertaining, filled with hilarious stories and illuminating anecdotes which help you understand why he was so universally adored, despite the glaring flaws in his character.
June 14, 2017
The name may not be instantly recognizable but Harry Nilsson (who died of cancer in 1994) was once the golden boy of American pop music.
November 4, 2010
John Sheinfeld's portrait revisits the man, the artist and the reputation, with a wealth of TV performance clips and interviews with friends, family and colleagues...
September 23, 2010
You will leave the theater singing, if with a touch of melancholy.
September 17, 2010
A personal, generous tribute reel designed to keep a musical master's legacy very much alive.
September 10, 2010
On the one hand, the film is a cautionary too-much-too-soon story that was a clich even before what Casey Kasem refers to as the Rock Era; on the other hand, it also has enough touching, amusing and/or appalling episodes to make it compulsively watchable
September 10, 2010
Conventional in style and is likely to mean more to the sadly forgotten musician's fans than to others.
September 10, 2010
The point of it is not, in the end, to explain him or solve the mystery of his life, but rather to spend time in his company and understand why he is someone to be missed.
September 9, 2010
There's been so little written about Nilsson or archiving of his work that Who Is Harry Nilsson is a godsend just for bringing together so much rare footage.
September 8, 2010
Who Is Harry Nilsson is a worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct.
September 7, 2010
Sticking closely to the archival footage and talking-heads formula, it's the quality of the former and the sense of personal involvement in the latter that elevates the film above the run-of-the-mill rockumentary.
September 2, 2010
This rich portrait of a most complex artist beautifully, movingly and humorously explains the enigma, glory and tragedy of his life.
August 29, 2010
...does something that few such films accomplish: it allows the audience to feel as though they have walked a mile in a man's shoes.