A Man Named Pearl

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. 75
    The 66-year-old African-American, the subject of the inspiring documentary A Man Named Pearl, doesn't have scissors where his hands should be, but he turns trees and bushes into topiary sculptures every bit as amazing as the ones Johnny Depp's character crafts in the Tim Burton film.
  2. 75
    This is moviemaking that honors the craftsmanship of its subject.
  3. 70
    Feature-length elaborations on quirky, inspiring human-interest stories are generally to be avoided, but I'll make an exception for A Man Named Pearl.
  4. Assembled without frills or fuss, A Man Named Pearl is as much a portrait of a small Southern town as of an unassuming black folk artist.
  5. Though the film could've used more technical insight into Pearl's artistic process, it's hard not to be stirred by this hopeful portrait.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    7
    Uplifting portrait of a man in love with living, an artist who transforms topiary into a personal art. We cheer from the time we see theUplifting portrait of a man in love with living, an artist who transforms topiary into a personal art. We cheer from the time we see the unlikely yard he has created in Bishopville, SC, and the tale continues to get better. Life-affirming without the custard sauce. Full Review »