Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    Matching her subject’s lackadaisical rhythms, Ms. Huber has shaped an unusually poetic biopic.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 25, 2013
    89
    Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Sep 13, 2013
    88
    Harry Dean Stanton: Party Fiction takes a dreamy and philosophical approach, reflecting the personality of the man who is its subject.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 12, 2013
    80
    At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Through luck or Huber’s eye for the odd detail, it adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 10, 2013
    70
    It’s a little frustrating at first to realize that Huber isn’t going to get much explanation of anything from Stanton. But she ends up making a virtue of the actor’s Zen calm.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 13, 2013
    67
    It’s a truism, reinforced here, that actors often are the last to comprehend how they do what they do. No matter. What they give us is all that counts.
  9. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jul 9, 2013
    67
    An enigmatic and perhaps occasionally overly deferential documentary about one of the all-time great character actors, Sophie Huber’s Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, is slow out of the gate, but gently, ever so gently, builds to a thoughtful portrait of a thoughtful man.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    You still leave impressed at the way Stanton fiercely protects the aura of mystery that makes him such an indelible onscreen presence.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 9, 2013
    50
    Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor.

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