• Released
  • September 25, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 29 min
  • Documentary
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83

The A.V. Club

By Nick Schager
[The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured.
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80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
The more Shepard & Dark rewinds through their shared history, the more the film blossoms into something far richer than a simple tribute to a long, beautiful friendship—it becomes an ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it’s not even past.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The good-looking, easygoing doc settles in with its two subjects, offering not just an intimate perspective on the playwright's biography but some touching reflections on the comforts and perils of long-term friendship.
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80

Variety

By Rob Nelson
The ups and downs of a decades-long friendship are charted with warmth and sensitivity in Shepard and Dark.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Nick McCarthy
Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time.
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75

The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
There’s always been something romantic and powerful about relationships primarily built on letter-writing, and that’s true for Shepard and Dark too.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
There’s tension as the two hole up in Santa Fe to work on the book, but the bottom-line feeling is of two old friends, now two old men, who have found their place in each other’s complicated lives.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, Shepard & Dark can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends.
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50

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen.
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40

Village Voice

Despite its unusual beginnings, the friendship doesn't offer much narrative juice.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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