Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 10, 2013
    Matching her subject’s lackadaisical rhythms, Ms. Huber has shaped an unusually poetic biopic.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 10, 2013
    A film that's in perfect sync with its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 25, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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