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  • Summary: The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a stunning portrait of a musical and artistic genius who nearly slipped away. Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
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  1. Feuerzeig's film - everything a good documentary should be - is a story of family, friendship, art and fame, as seen through the prisms of exceptional beauty and deepest pain.
  2. Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The casual listener is easily put off, but by the end of the film, even a newcomer can see the magic that made fans of Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth and led the estimable Yo La Tengo, Pearl Jam and Wilco to cover Johnston's remarkable body of work.
  4. Reviewed by: Raoul Hernandez
    78
    At the end of the day, Johnston's childlike stream of unrequited love landed him on MTV, Atlantic Records, and now a feature-length theatrical recounting of his life. Take that, Satan.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Jeff Feuerzeig's film is as good a portrait of the artist as a beloved basket case as you'll see, but it's kept from greatness by the questions it refuses to ask itself.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel Wible
    70
    With this film, I believe that the strange and wonderful legend of Daniel Johnston will only continue to grow.
  7. A performer of formidable self-absorption, Johnston has inspired a film with the same trait, and the results are about what you might expect.

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  1. Jun 10, 2011
    10
    I actually think Daniel Johnston was mis-diagnosed. I think he is on the autistic spectrum and originally had aspergers, but lack of understanding of his condition due to mis-diagnosis, accompanied by his drug use made his condition worse. He is totally a genius in what he was interested in, as are most people with aspergers. Expand

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