• Release Date: Feb 28, 2003

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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. 75
    The film means to provoke a closer look at the faces of good and evil. It questions whether we really live in a world that can be divided neatly into black hats and white hats.
  5. 75
    In today's political climate, this movie and its people all seem to come from a very long time ago.
  6. 70
    Unexpectedly moving documentary.
  7. What emerges is not only an Underdog v. Simon Bar Sinister saga but a fascinating character study.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 63
    Alternately fascinating and frustrating.
  11. 50
    Fascinating and troubling documentary.
  12. 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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