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  • Summary: A documentary of artist Robert Crumb's life.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    If artist R. (Robert) Crumb can dispense immediately with his resume in Terry Zwigoff's superb Crumb, we can, too. [21 Apr 1995]
  2. A documentary with a keen eye, a playful sense of timing and an inquisitive soul.
  3. 100
    One of the most remarkable and haunting documentaries ever made.
  4. 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
    A frank, intimate look at a phenomenal popular artist and his extraordinarily dysfunctional family, Crumb is an excellent countercultural documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    One of the most extraordinary films of the year.
  7. Absorbing but disturbing documentary.

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  1. davez
    Jul 20, 2007
    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. Collapse
  2. TimW.
    Aug 5, 2007
    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
    This 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. Expand