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  • Summary: New York Doll is a film that captures one of those rare occasions where life is not only stranger, but better than fiction. This documentary chronicles the extraordinary journey of Arthur "Killer" Kane to reunite with his bandmates. (First Independent Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    This might be the only documentary that will appeal to punks and Mormons alike.
  2. 83
    So rich, moving and surprising that a familiar story starts to feel new again. The details, the personalities and the final twist grab you until you're left truly shaken and inspired.
  3. Though it is small in scale and lasts only 78 minutes, New York Doll, like any documentary, goes places we expect it to and places we do not. As journeys go, this is one to treasure.
  4. Greg Whiteley's small, tender documentary portrait New York Doll looks at life after rock 'n' roll as experienced by Arthur (Killer) Kane, the original bassist for the legendary glam-punk band the New York Dolls.
  5. 70
    As sad stories go, this is a happy one.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Christgau
    70
    In the end, this is less a film about a rock and roller than a film about a Mormon. And Napoleon Dynamite it ain't.
  7. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    A fascinating portrait of a broken rock star picking up the pieces, this misses a few tricks but still entertains.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. NancyW.
    Mar 4, 2007
    10
    Truth is stranger than fiction. Fame at a young age has come to many a musician, only to have drugs and alcohol take down the band. Not many Truth is stranger than fiction. Fame at a young age has come to many a musician, only to have drugs and alcohol take down the band. Not many get a 2nd chance for musical redemption. And many who got lost along the way never find their way. I was very touched by this documentary. I was a Dolls fan but never knew what became of them, other than the obvious David Johanssen. Rent this for sure! Expand
  2. TonyD.
    Nov 25, 2005
    10
    It was awesome!!! It made me think about life and gave me a new perspective.
  3. KurtW.
    Dec 10, 2005
    10
    Timing is everything. A moving true story about decadence, humility, redemption, and reconciliation. You can't script a story like this Timing is everything. A moving true story about decadence, humility, redemption, and reconciliation. You can't script a story like this one because it is absolutely real. Do not miss this film. Expand
  4. christineh
    Nov 24, 2005
    9
    I have never seen anything quite like this, i almost did not believe it had really happened, but it obviously did.
  5. KevinS.
    Apr 18, 2006
    9
    An absolutely wonderful movie. A wildly delightul combination of rock and roll and the Mormon church. The story is marvelously stranger than fiction.
  6. LClark
    Dec 9, 2005
    9
    A great view and contrast between the life of a former rock star and his new life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day A great view and contrast between the life of a former rock star and his new life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons). Too bad he didn't find it sooner. Humorous, unique, has artistic timeline presentation and is inspirational. I highly recommend it. Expand
  7. ChristopherJ.
    Mar 17, 2007
    7
    An interesting film, especially for the LDS community. I was excited to see how the faded rock star would react to a temporary resurrection An interesting film, especially for the LDS community. I was excited to see how the faded rock star would react to a temporary resurrection of his old, gaudy culture. I wasn't blown away, but I was satisfied. Expand

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