Henry Fool

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  • Summary: Henry Fool, an ex-con (Ryan) moves into garbagman Simon's (Urbaniak) basement to write his book. He encourages Simon to write as well and Simon develops a poem that makes him world famous.

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  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. The result is a career milestone [for Hal Hartley] and a film that could become a landmark in American independent cinema.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    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]
  4. With Henry Fool, however, Hartley has made his most dynamic and accomplished film to date.
  5. What eventually emerges isn't nearly as achieved or convincing as the neighborhood portrait, but even when it ultimately overwhelms the characters, it's full of juice, humor, and nuance.
  6. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    Unfolding and sounding like a novel, Hartley's ensemble of lower-class losers clash and repel in a startlingly, unpreachy lesson about the importance and danger of influences.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    I found it insufferably fatuous and damned near interminable. [26 Jun 1998]

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