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: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 2, 2012
    As Cash might say, it has the heart, and it has the blood, and by the time childhood chatter is played back again, feeling is soaked through it like the sweat in Cash's guitar strap.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 13, 2013
    You get a strong whiff of what it must have been like to be Johnny Cash, or his exasperated manager, from this film. It would make a good companion piece to “Walk the Line.”
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 5, 2013
    In the end, despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, My Father and the Man in Black makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 10, 2012
    The film offers a privileged perspective on crucial moments in Johnny Cash's career, and serious fans will likely warm to it on the small screen.
  5. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 6, 2013
    No one in this complex and haunting documentary feels fully explained.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 4, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 4, 2013
    Slightly jerry-built reconstructions detract from an intriguing film with a unique angle on the country legend.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Sep 4, 2013
    For Cash devotees who want a hitherto-hidden perspective on their man, though, this is invaluable viewing.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 12, 2013
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 4, 2013
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Sep 4, 2013
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 3, 2013
    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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