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  • Summary: Plimpton! tells the story of writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to many, George Plimpton. Using Plimpton’s own narration – along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries – the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jun 26, 2013
    100
    A remarkable doc about a life well lived.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 7, 2013
    90
    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
    88
    He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer’s lengthy list of descriptors.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 21, 2013
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    May 23, 2013
    70
    The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work — both for himself, and for the rest of us.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 21, 2013
    70
    Directors Tom Bean and Luke Poling never shy away from the possibility that Plimpton at times was more a personality than a serious writer.
  7. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    May 17, 2013
    50
    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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