The Devil and Daniel Johnston Synopsis
Documentary about young, troubled artist.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

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There are frightening moments, as when he attacks an elderly woman he thinks is possessed by devils. And revelatory, heartbreaking ones,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For thematic elements, drug content, and language including a sexual reference