• Released
  • June 27, 2012
  • (Available on SundanceNOW.com)
  • NR , 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
    Drama
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63

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
It's Jonathan Caouette's insistence in going back to his nightmarish old footage, or the old footage that he purposefully renders nightmarish, that seems more interesting.
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60

Village Voice

Picking up where his 2003 "Tarnation" left off, Jonathan Caouette's new documentary is no less hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The way forward, both in Caouette's real-life situation and his development as an artist, remains unclear, yet that frustration makes it to the screen, in spiky waves that signal a vital personal quest.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The extra money has bought a professional crew for scripted sequences, in which Jonathan and his mother too often mug for the camera.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

It's problematic, however, that we learn very little here that wasn't more stirringly conveyed in the earlier film. In its mesmerizing, propulsive drive, "Tarnation" was a heartfelt scramble to make sense of messy lives. Walk Away Renee is an occasionally illuminating patchwork.
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50

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Ultimately, "Renee" feels less like a walk away than a retread.
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50

The New York Times

Walk Away Renee lets us observe a mother-son bond, but Mr. Caouette hasn't found a way to galvanize this incarnation of material for strangers.
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51 out of 100
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