Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: June 19, 1998 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 22 Critics
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Movies about literary lives don't always catch fire, but Henry Fool is a glorious exception: an austerely funny, brilliantly written and acted serio-comic tale of two writers. [17 Jul 1998]
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It remains complex, offbeat and occasionally inscrutable - and worth the work. [24 Jul 1998]
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Hal Hartley's latest film, an odd and mentally stimulating black comedy that may or may not have a point. In any case, the ride is delectably weird and entertaining. [17 Jul 1998]
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Henry Fool, the fascinating and often infuriating new film from the idiosyncratic Hal Hartley. [24 Jul 1998]
63
Writing ignites miracles in Henry Fool, and Hartley's exquisite control over his compositions and pacing makes the outrages, biological and otherwise, funnier than you might believe. [01 Jul 1998]
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Henry Fool, which runs a leisurely and ultimately tiresome 138 minutes, is so self-conscious it feels uncomfortable in its own skin. [23 Jun 1998]
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I found it insufferably fatuous and damned near interminable. [26 Jun 1998]