Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Henry Fool is far and away writer-director Hal Hartley's best movie.
  2. Resonant examination of friendship, fame, cultural trends, and the creative process.
  3. The result is a career milestone [for Hal Hartley] and a film that could become a landmark in American independent cinema.
  4. This film aspires to be a meditation on (among other things) art, trust, loyalty, politics and popular culture. With utter simplicity, and with unexpectedly intense storytelling, it achieves all that and more.
  5. 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]
  6. 88
    This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater.

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