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  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It feels as though we're on a journey with Benjamin, who proves to be a wryly funny, passionate and complex traveling companion. show more

  • 58
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    As a portrait of a man barely qualifying for a cinematic portrait, Benjamin Smoke is a trifle, but when Sillen and Cohen turn their cameras on the weedy, workaday, hellhole America that Benjamin calls home, the movie comes alive. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's the hypnotic long-form music video Smoke never got to make. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Rather morbid. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Make sure you catch this spooky and strangely moving portrait of this highly unusual artist while you can. show more

  • 90
    Amy Taubin Village Voice

    As ethereal, moving, and uncompromising as its subject. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    There's such a rawness, purity and even mystical force to everything Benjamin says or sings, that anything else would seem extraneous and detracting from the impact of a man who has lived his life with absolutely no holds barred. show more

  • 80
    Dana Stevens The New York Times

    The film has a richer, more various visual texture than most documentaries, combining still photographs, black-and-white video and Super-8 film, sometimes with wild sound or none at all. show more

  • 70
    Hazel-Dawn Dumpert L.A. Weekly

    Poignant portrait. show more

  • February 20, 2013 bf00000000139034
    Report This User

    I was Benjamin\'s lover in the early years and being a working musician, myself, I encouraged B.\'s art. not only was he a great musicain with more insight than most, but he was also a great pin and ink artist (Picaso-est). I love him then and I still love him now. I\'d like to leave you with my tribut to him. \"I look out the same window that I have peered through for years and somehow the sky is not so blue today. I am not at all sure that the mountains have not given themselves to shrinking. I am not at all sure that nature has not stopped her steady stream of goings and comings. Today, I have the knowledge that you are no longer here, physically. Today I am not at all sure of myself; numb. My only thoughts are of you; what you were and what you became. I remember the piercing gaze in your eyes, constantly looking for that next thing to spark your interest; ever thing; ever moving through a world of your own creation that some of us were, from time to time, invited to visit. And I rememvber your heart - room enough for everyone. Like a flood things come to mind that have not made themselves known for years; feelings, thoughts, beliefs and even some regrets. you did your dance of life and you had no care as to whom, if anyone, danced along with you. Total freedom, surrendering only to the muse, you became what most of us, as artist strive to be; gut honest, open, raw, blunt. DANCE ON YOU BEAUTIFUL SPARTAN CHILD!! I LOVE YOU STILL, B. JIMI C

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