Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. As deliciously eccentric as the real-life characters it chronicles.
  2. An affectionate documentary about a free-spirited group.
  3. It might be tempting to regard Mr. Andrew and his collaborators as oddballs, but Mr. Earnhart's quizzical, charming movie allows us to see them, finally, as artists.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    Above all a rousing entertainment.
  5. Stephen Earnhart's documentary lovingly covers the process -- veering between pathos, inspiration and mockery
  6. 63
    Very funny. It's also heartbreakingly sad.
  7. 63
    There's nothing more uplifting than a documentary that celebrates a man's capacity to dream, and nothing more depressing than one that mocks those dreams. Stephen Earnhart's Mule Skinner Blues walks the razor's edge between these approaches.
  8. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    70
    This is as powerful a set of evidence as you'll ever find of why art matters, and how it can resonate far beyond museum walls and through to the most painfully marginal lives.
  9. 70
    Only the epilogue, a happy ending tacked on to counter the cascading disappointments, seems contrived.
  10. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    88
    Earnhart's fundamental compassion toward his subjects elevates a riveting work that feels like a hybrid of ''Crumb'' and ''Nashville,'' with maybe a side of ''King of the Hill'' tossed on the barbecue.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    100
    That’s it! I’ve had it! I’m packin’ up my shit and I’m movin’ to a trailer park down in…down south…somewhere. Apparently, there’s a lot more interesting people in these places than one could ever imagine meeting in their Starbucks bruised metropolitan areas or crosswalk guarded suburbs.
  12. Reviewed by: Josh Goldfein
    60
    Earnhart's auteurs are better adjusted, integrating their art into the daily routine of their (equally fucked-up) lives.
  13. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    50
    Comes uncomfortably close to mocking these unlikely filmmakers, raising questions about its director's intentions and his respect for the subjects' humanity.

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