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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Tender but unsparing, heartfelt and unapologetic. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    it's Van Zandt's family that provides the film's most memorable moments. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the-brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    an infomercial for death starring Townes Van Zandt. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    When the film ends, we're haunted. We've been driving with a ghost. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Proves a less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Rejecting normality for nomadism, Van Zandt's life was difficult, but, man, what a legacy of music he left. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    It does a splendid job not only of introducing newcomers to a vital artist they might have missed, but of reminding rabid fans of Earle's stripe why they were infected to begin with. show more

  • 83
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Margaret Brown's honest and non-judgmental film captures the artist's high and low points, from early appearances on regional television shows such as "Nashville Now" to the drunken and disorderly performances that defined his later years. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    The archetypal Townes Van Zandt song is a low-key ballad filled with sadness and failed humanity. Director Margaret Brown's documentary about the revered songwriter's songwriter (who died at the age of 52 on New Year's Day, 1997) keenly achieves the same tone. show more

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