• Released
  • June 19, 1998
  • R , 2 hr 17 min
  • Comedy Drama
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Henry Fool is far and away writer-director Hal Hartley's best movie.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Resonant examination of friendship, fame, cultural trends, and the creative process.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Movies about literary lives don't always catch fire, but Henry Fool is a glorious exception: an austerely funny, brilliantly written and acted serio-comic tale of two writers. [17 Jul 1998]
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By James Berardinelli
This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater.
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[Hartley] has turned out a film that is the same as his impressive back catalogue - quirky talk-driven curiosities about people living on the fringes of society - yet somehow different, managing to imbue his usual obsessions with the freshness and vitality of a first-time director.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Hal Hartley's latest film, an odd and mentally stimulating black comedy that may or may not have a point. In any case, the ride is delectably weird and entertaining. [17 Jul 1998]
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Writing ignites miracles in Henry Fool, and Hartley's exquisite control over his compositions and pacing makes the outrages, biological and otherwise, funnier than you might believe. [01 Jul 1998]
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Ryan has a wonderful way with Hartley's often difficult dialogue, and is engaging even when the rest of the film is not
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
You watch, you are absorbed, and from scene to scene, Henry Fool seems to be adding up, but then your hand closes on air. I am left unsure of my response - of any response.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I found it insufferably fatuous and damned near interminable. [26 Jun 1998]
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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