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  • Summary: A look at the 20-year friendship of Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    In its allegiance to detail, the film is too long and perhaps overstates its case in claiming that later generations have lost an understanding of common courage, as depicted by these two artists. Their work endures, and so does what they stood for.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Oct 8, 2013
    60
    If Mulholland made The True Gen half as aesthetically pleasing as it is informative, the film would be remarkable.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Dec 6, 2013
    50
    The overall effect here is of parallel biographies juiced to feel important whenever they intersect, and an undercooked paean to lost masculinity.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 7, 2013
    40
    Once Mulholland has established that both men hark back to a bygone, Teddy Roosevelt-fostered image of laconic masculinity, his peculiar vantage point generates little insight into the psychology and accomplishments of either man, as “The True Gen” abandons biographical logic in favor of a catalogue of arbitrary differences and similarities.

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