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  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2013
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Thompson
    Oct 27, 2013
    80
    Using home movies and other footage, Kopple provides a discomfiting portrait of a family’s deep-seated dysfunction.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 10, 2013
    75
    It's good nonetheless, an artfully arranged account of Hemingway's current life, mixed with footage shot by her late sister Margaux for a 1983 documentary about the family.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 1, 2013
    75
    It’s Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film’s fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 31, 2013
    70
    This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 27, 2013
    70
    There is much here of interest to aficionados of the great author as well as to those curious about the complicated relationship between sisters Mariel and the late Margaux.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 29, 2013
    63
    Hemingway wins us over and, in the end, comes off as earnest in her desire to use her celebrity to help shine a light on the maladies that have shattered her family, time and again.
  7. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Nov 7, 2013
    60
    At once short on details and incredibly forthcoming, Barbara Kopple's documentary doesn't dig into specifics about Mariel's personal struggles with mental illness nor the WillingWay lifestyle that she and her boyfriend Bobby Williams espouse.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    A certain Hollywood self-absorption is on display here, but the family’s depressing story merits Mariel’s vigilant defensiveness.
  9. Reviewed by: Sebastian Doggart
    Oct 27, 2013
    60
    The only new titbit of information for Hemingway-philes is that none of his grandchildren read his books.
  10. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Nov 1, 2013
    58
    That the structure consistently undermines its own storytelling is frustrating when the story to be told is a vital and interesting one.
  11. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 29, 2013
    50
    At its best, Running From Crazy is a powerful portrait of a woman who’s wrested control of her life by understanding the patterns her relatives fell into, and consciously breaking them.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Oct 27, 2013
    50
    The narratively jumbled film...features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 27, 2013
    50
    The modern-day sections with Mariel Hemingway, while detailing the redemptive promise of the title, too often come across as either indulgent time-filler or overflow with PSA-level superficiality.
  14. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Oct 29, 2013
    40
    The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored.

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