Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 6, 2013
    60
    No one in this complex and haunting documentary feels fully explained.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    Holiff Sr.’s extensive audio diaries and taped phone conversations with Cash give authentic voice to the film’s otherwise stodgy re-creations of this true odd couple’s stormy relationship.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    Slightly jerry-built reconstructions detract from an intriguing film with a unique angle on the country legend.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    For Cash devotees who want a hitherto-hidden perspective on their man, though, this is invaluable viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    Cash was the star, after all. Saul Holiff was an important part of that, but My Father and the Man in Black makes a rather clunky case for it.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 4, 2013
    50
    There’s a wealth of information in My Father And The Man In Black, but Holiff’s directorial choices don’t always help in conveying them.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    The film overdoes it with the awkward, unconvincing re-enactments, many starring the director himself. The result will amuse hardcore Cash fans, but few others.
  8. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 3, 2013
    40
    Holiff assembled this memoir from his father’s papers and audio diary, although the portrait of Cash that emerges is that of a pill-popping religious nut, and there is next to no insight into his music or creative process.

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