100

San Francisco Chronicle

A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. This musician may not be a genius along the lines of Brain Wilson, as Feuerzeig claims, but Johnston has a knack for revealing innermost thoughts in an offhand way that is eerie and uncanny.
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100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
With humor, honesty and awe, Feuerzeig's portrait may love Daniel Johnston, but it won't give his parents much hope.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

There are frightening moments, as when he attacks an elderly woman he thinks is possessed by devils. And revelatory, heartbreaking ones, which can make you think that maybe he is a genius, after all.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
No wonder Kurt Cobain was a fan. But it's the way Feuerzeig walks with him on the line between creativity and madness that digs this haunting and hypnotic film into your memory.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A fascinating and lovingly crafted musical documentary that nevertheless misunderstands its own subject.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Watching the movie, I was reminded of the documentary "Crumb"...There is a line that sometimes runs between genius and madness, sometimes encircles them.
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77 out of 100
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