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  • Summary: Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. As tragedies are explored and deeply hidden secrets are revealed, Mariel searches for a way to overcome a similar fate.
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  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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