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  • Summary: A documentary on Community creator Dan Harmon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 22, 2014
    78
    As much a portrait of a community as of its brilliant, de facto mayor, Harmontown is a stirring tribute to the restorative power of finding your people.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Oct 1, 2014
    75
    The documentary Harmontown falls over itself to balance his dark and light sides, with talking heads testifying both to his rare comedic voice and his impossible-to-deal-with irascibility.
  3. Reviewed by: Darel Jevens
    Oct 30, 2014
    75
    For those curious about the brains behind the sitcom’s pop-culture savvy and the heart it wears on its sleeve, “Harmontown” makes for an eye-opening extra.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 17, 2014
    70
    Revealing tour doc showcases a quick wit and a bruised soul.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 3, 2014
    63
    The best elements of the documentary Harmontown capture the unique raw energy of Harmon.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 2, 2014
    60
    Berkeley includes some of the writer's unpleasant moments on the tour. But what Harmon wants, as any Community fan knows, is real connection with other human beings.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 29, 2014
    30
    The impression left by Harmontown is that the podcast and the tour are feeding the beast, worsening a pathology that casts him as the “mayor” of whatever stage he happens to be occupying at the moment.

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  1. Nov 10, 2014
    6
    If you have heard of Dan Harmon and are a fan of Community, this doc will prove more tolerable for you than the average viewer. I would beIf you have heard of Dan Harmon and are a fan of Community, this doc will prove more tolerable for you than the average viewer. I would be hard pressed to find anything artistically groundbreaking or thematically substantial in this. As a huge fan of Community, I took great delight in just watching Dan Harmon do his thing. However, this bias cannot be disregarded as anything but bias. Out of the mindset of a Harmonian convert, Harmontown is nothing more than a fan-service indulgence doubling as a tour documentary. We have this shoe-horned message about unifying outcasts and 'nerds' by inducting them into this kind of . . . well . . . COMMUNITY, but it all feels forced and is really heavy handed. We already know that Harmontown is a strong and loving group of fanboys and gals, we have evidence of that in the way the audience interacts with Dan during his shows. By just witnessing his podcasts (easily the most engaging portions of the film) this comes across, but the film indulges so much more than is necessary in pushing this theme of the unity of strangers over one man's work that it can be a bit gag-inducing at times. There isn't much insight gained on Dan Harmon the man or the artist that we already didn't know. For someone who doesn't know who Dan is, this isn't the best introduction to his work. All-said, this is fairly entertaining and there are some legitimate moments of hilarity that ensue during the podcasts, from drunk-off-moonshine rants to some gleefully geeky rounds of Dungeons & Dragons, but there isn't much more than that to check out here. Expand

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