Horns and Halos

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  • Summary: This documentary captures the unlikely connection of three men -- a U.S. president, a discredited author and an underground publisher -- whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in a book.


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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. The movie should fascinate anyone interested in politics, publishing, and the uneasy marriage between big money and mass communication.
  2. 80
    Here is a rich tale of our times, very well told with an appropriate minimum of means.
  3. A documentary whose content might possibly have further reach than the book.
  4. A thoughtful and surprisingly affecting portrait of a screwed-up man who dared to mess with some powerful people, seen through the eyes of the idealistic kid who chooses to champion his ultimately losing cause.
  5. What emerges is not only an Underdog v. Simon Bar Sinister saga but a fascinating character study.
  6. 70
    Although the term cinéma vérité is overused as a descriptor for documentaries, it applies here. The makers of Horns and Halos eschew the Michael Moore "poke 'em with a stick, let's watch 'em squirm" approach and wisely let the cameras roll, interspersing news footage with their own interviews.
  7. 50
    Isn't a particularly well-assembled documentary, but the queasy, hypnotic power of its story and subjects makes its technical shortcomings forgivable.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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