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  • Summary: Drew: The Man Behind The Poster is a feature-length documentary highlighting the career of artist and illustrator Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars trilogy posters.
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 14, 2013
    75
    Erik Sharkey’s documentary is far less adventurous than Struzan’s own creations, using a straightforward chronological structure and talking-head format to pay tribute to Struzan’s legendary output.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 18, 2013
    70
    The director commissioned Struzan to paint the one-sheet for his debut, “Sexina: Popstar P.I.,” and while this sophomore effort is no masterpiece, it’s far more deserving of Struzan’s talent.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    At length, the cheerleading...becomes a mildly taxing torrent. And Mr. Struzan, while an agreeable presence, is not an especially engrossing speaker. But then there is his artwork, an essential aid to the movies — and often their superior.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 14, 2013
    60
    Despite its title, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is not a documentary about movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Instead, Struzan's poster art is the film's real subject.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 16, 2013
    60
    A colorful account of the life and art of the recently retired Drew Struzan, whose amazing poster work from the 1970s onward still delights cineastes and casual observers.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 18, 2013
    60
    Although it offers some insight into his distinctive technique, it could have gone much further. But viewers will appreciate spending time with this cheerful, unassuming man, and will enjoy seeing the artist acknowledged by celebrities who owe him so much
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 14, 2013
    50
    There’s a context to Struzan—not just biographically, but culturally—and while Sharkey seems to understand that, his movie, ironically, doesn’t illustrate it particularly well.
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  1. Jul 7, 2014
    9
    This is a great documentary on the master of film posters, Drew Struzan. It delves into his work for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, the Goonies, the Muppets, Blade Runner, The Thing, and Harry Potter, among others. It's got interviews with the best people in the film industry too, like Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Guillermo del Toro, and Michael J. Fox.

    It even looks into his work for del Toro's Hellboy films and Pan's Labyrinth, and how while del Toro adored them, the studio rejected them in favour of some worse-looking photographic posters. It goes through Struzan's career wonderfully, and ends up exposing the film industry and how greedy it's become, but ends on a pleasant note.
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