The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (re-release) Image
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  • Summary: This 1992 documentary examines the life of visionary poet Allen Ginsberg.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.
  2. 78
    A meticulously-researched chunk of underground Americana that traces the poet's full life from his rather dysfunctional childhood (beneath the hoary shadow of his mentally ill mother) to his meetings and eventual friendships with Kerouac, Burroughs, Neal Cassady and other Beat luminaries. (Review of Original Release)
  3. Strictly routine as filmmaking, adhering fairly consistently to the sound-bite approach. But given the subject, there's still a great deal of interest here about the life, art, milieu, and political activity of Ginsberg. (Review of Original Release)
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    A refreshingly straightforward, conventional approach to the documentary form. (Review of Original Release)
  5. 40
    Is it scintillating, nutty, madly inspired or ecstatically preposterous? Ginsberg himself is all these things, but this movie is not. (Review of Original Release)
  6. Reviewed by: Darren Reidy
    30
    Slowly devolves to the inept "warm bodies shine together in the darkness."
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