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  • Summary: Jonathan Caouette's film reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. He weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love. (Wellspring Media) Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
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  1. 100
    It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful.
  2. 100
    A tale of sadness and hysteria so raw that it bleeds.
  3. Layering soundtrack and visuals in an intricate collage of rich emotional texture, he (Jonathan Caouette) displays an exhilarating talent.
  4. Watching Jonathan Caouette's amazing autobiographical documentary Tarnation is like descending into a pop-music, underground-movie hell and heaven, the shattered and shattering landscape of a living body and mind.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    For all the courage and ingenuity of this extraordinary film, it's clear that Caouette has actually resolved few issues and that his life is still very much a work in progress.
  6. Caouette's fractured history is imbued with heart-crushing sincerity.
  7. 58
    I reckon that for everyone who's enthralled by the film there will be others who wish they'd heard about it rather than seen it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    This is the film I gaurantee you have never ever seen before and unavoidably, will stuck in your head for the rest of your life. The most powerful and inspirational piece of documentary feature and is considered,personally, to be the true triumph of the film's world.
    [Harrowing, Hopeful, Remarkable, Masterpiece!]
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