Crumb

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Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

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  • Summary: A documentary of artist Robert Crumb's life.

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Crumb is one of the most provocative, haunting documentaries of the last decade.
  2. Extraordinary new documentary that turns Robert Crumb's twisted life story into a disturbing, exhilarating work of biographical art.
  3. Zwigoff not only presents a complex human being and the range of his art but also guides us through a profound and unsettling consideration of what it means to be an American artist. Essential viewing.
  4. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    91
    The film is an extraordinarily complex, well-rounded and multileveled portrait of how Crumb got to be the way he is, as well as a tribute to how he was miraculously able to rise above his dysfunctional roots by putting his demons into his art. [16 Jun 1995]
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A frank, intimate look at a phenomenal popular artist and his extraordinarily dysfunctional family, Crumb is an excellent countercultural documentary.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    Crumb pulls us in with rich detail, and with what it says, or suggests, about art, drugs, psychology and the subconscious.... Like last year's "Hoop Dreams," this documentary does justice to a great subject. [08 Jun 1995]
  7. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: James Adam
    75
    How refreshing then to find a movie with an honest-to-gosh dysfunctional family at its core, a family utterly Tolstoyan in its unhappiness, utterly Dostoevskyan in its despair. [16 Jun 1995]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. davez
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    Captivating, even if art is not your thing. Disturbing and emotionally involved... I never knew the man or his art, now I feel like he is a Captivating, even if art is not your thing. Disturbing and emotionally involved... I never knew the man or his art, now I feel like he is a childhood friend who I haven't talked to in years and wonder where the hell he might be. Expand
  2. TimW.
    Aug 5, 2007
    10
    I echo Dave's sentiment. I never knew about Crumb before I watched this movie (around 10 years ago) but, well, once seen - never I echo Dave's sentiment. I never knew about Crumb before I watched this movie (around 10 years ago) but, well, once seen - never forgotten. A great insight into a fascinating character: a cartoon character made flesh. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    This documentary zig-zags between being an inspiring story about a man using his uncompromised talent to garner himself acclaim to becoming aThis documentary zig-zags between being an inspiring story about a man using his uncompromised talent to garner himself acclaim to becoming a stripped-down look at the disturbed psyche that produced the images he drew. The movie brings up interesting points, such as the fuzzy line between pornography and art and the paradox of a creative mind getting commercial success. The movie also definitely doesn't leave anything to the imagination - all of the characters are stripped down to their most bare states (it's not surprising that his sisters both declined interviews). Absolutely fascinating. Collapse
  4. Mar 21, 2016
    9
    Crumb, about Robert Crumb, is like a crumb! [Pun intended] Crumb tells exactly the story of Robert Crumb in his daily life like how he isCrumb, about Robert Crumb, is like a crumb! [Pun intended] Crumb tells exactly the story of Robert Crumb in his daily life like how he is today in life. Expand

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