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  • Summary: One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator. [First Run Features] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 13, 2013
    90
    A record of a man’s tormented youth, his broad artistic impulses and the price he paid for following them.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jul 16, 2013
    88
    Bernstein communicates Ungerer’s manic spirit and his irrepressible creativity by punctuating the conventions of talking-head interviews and archival footage with animated snippets of Ungerer’s thousands of illustrations.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 20, 2013
    80
    As intriguing as the facts are, much of the documentary's charm is the way in which it embeds the work.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jun 12, 2013
    75
    Brad Bernstein's documentary proves that Ungerer's legacy is as historically significant as it is artistically.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jun 11, 2013
    70
    The film's delighted affinity with Ungerer's well-turned perspective does lend an advertorial slickness to what might have been a more challenging study of a fascinating and famously elusive subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Nell Minow
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    It is a story worth telling. But Bernstein cannot bring himself to apply the same brutal honesty to his subject as Ungerer does to his.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 11, 2013
    60
    Hardly the trippy icon the doc’s title suggests, the artist is now more like everyone’s slightly seedy hedonistic granduncle, happiest sketching cartoon pigs and walking the moors of County Cork.

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