• Released
  • June 19, 1998
  • R , 2 hr 17 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Melodrama
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Henry Fool Synopsis
An egocentric bum (Thomas Jay Ryan) transforms a garbageman's (James Urbaniak) life.
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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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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Resonant examination of friendship, fame, cultural trends, and the creative process.
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88

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...
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88

ReelViews

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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80

Empire

[Hartley] has turned out a film that is the same as his impressive back catalogue - quirky talk-driven curiosities about people living on...
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75

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...
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63

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...
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63

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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63

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...
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I found it insufferably fatuous and damned near interminable. [26 Jun 1998]
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Rated R