Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jun 26, 2013
    A remarkable doc about a life well lived.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 7, 2013
    It's a great trick the filmmakers have pulled off to make us feel as if we're there sorting through the memories with him. The movie's editing is especially artful with Maya Hawke and Casey Brooks doing the nipping and tucking.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 20, 2013
    He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer’s lengthy list of descriptors.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 12, 2013
    A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 21, 2013
    A skilled portrait of a literary light shadowed by his public profile. The film, written and directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, tacitly suggests a reconsideration of its subject, who deserves it.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 21, 2013
    It’s to the filmmakers’ credit that we also see how insecurity and proximity to fame both drove him and drove him crazy, resulting in a layered look at a man who was a jack of all trades, but a master of one: being George.
  7. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jul 25, 2013
    It's a life worth remembering.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 21, 2013
    Tom Bean and Luke Poling’s documentary shows that its subject’s true talent may have been for an occupation no less rarefied than the ones he failed at: movie star.
  9. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    May 23, 2013
    The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work — both for himself, and for the rest of us.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 21, 2013
    Directors Tom Bean and Luke Poling never shy away from the possibility that Plimpton at times was more a personality than a serious writer.
  11. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 17, 2013
    The ironies of Plimpton's life are handled delicately, made just obvious enough for viewers to mull themselves.
  12. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    May 17, 2013
    An entertaining profile of the self-avowed participatory journalist and his tumultuous life and times.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 23, 2013
    Plimpton recorded many of these adventures in books that are well worth seeking out. But if you don’t have enough time to do so, Bean and Poling have assembled a delightful cheat sheet.
  14. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    May 17, 2013
    Its looseness adequately portrays Plimpton as an inwardly conflicted figure, but it fails to make much of a case for his legacy outside of The Paris Review's still-noticeable brand.

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