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7.0

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  1. ChadS.
    Mar 2, 2005
    8
    In less artful hands, "In the Realms of the Unreal" could've been hijacked by the need to answer questions about his hermaphodic little girls. This film chooses to be about art. It's your call if you want to discredit his work because he might possibly have been a pedophile if given the chance. If Darger was in any shape or form predatory towards children, his art can be In less artful hands, "In the Realms of the Unreal" could've been hijacked by the need to answer questions about his hermaphodic little girls. This film chooses to be about art. It's your call if you want to discredit his work because he might possibly have been a pedophile if given the chance. If Darger was in any shape or form predatory towards children, his art can be interpreted as an exorcising of inner-demons. As for filmmaker Jessica Yu, her use of multiple narrators to reflect Darger's possible bouts of schizophrenia is very effective, but it's never put to bizarre use so the reclusive artist comes across as crazy. Darger was a very private man and Yu is respectful of this by not outing him as mentally disabled, and/or a pervert. Pervert or not, Darger's art is unique, and the animation sequences that uses takes hiswork as inspiration is more exciting than the most state-of-the-art CGI. It also should be noted that "In the Realms of the Unreal" is the first time the gifted Dakota Fanning isn't the best thing about the films she participates in. Expand
  2. BayC.
    Dec 23, 2004
    10
    This film is as good as it gets in presenting the mystery of Darger's genius. The filmaker, Jessica Yu, doesn't answer the questions -- which we cannot know. She presents Darger's art in the context of the curiosity of his life. Artists will love this film. Enjoy!
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Documentarian Jessica Yu employs everything from animation and voiceover thesping to archival documents and eyewitness accounts while examining Henry Darger, a self-taught artist who has been posthumously lionized as a visionary genius.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    70
    Jessica Yu's elegant new doc In the Realms of the Unreal is a spry, creative response to his (Darger's) oceanic talent and claustrophobic life.
  3. 80
    Obscure by nature and unwieldy by design, Darger's work is difficult to confront and consume; Ms. Yu has brought it a little closer, and that is as fine a public service as an art documentary can provide.