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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Henry Fool is far and away writer-director Hal Hartley's best movie. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I found it insufferably fatuous and damned near interminable. [26 Jun 1998] show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Movies about literary lives don't always catch fire, but Henry Fool is a glorious exception: an austerely funny, brilliantly written and acted serio-comic tale of two writers. [17 Jul 1998] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hal Hartley's latest film, an odd and mentally stimulating black comedy that may or may not have a point. In any case, the ride is delectably weird and entertaining. [17 Jul 1998] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    You watch, you are absorbed, and from scene to scene, Henry Fool seems to be adding up, but then your hand closes on air. I am left unsure of my response - of any response. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Ryan has a wonderful way with Hartley's often difficult dialogue, and is engaging even when the rest of the film is not show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Writing ignites miracles in Henry Fool, and Hartley's exquisite control over his compositions and pacing makes the outrages, biological and otherwise, funnier than you might believe. [01 Jul 1998] show more

  • 80

    [Hartley] has turned out a film that is the same as his impressive back catalogue - quirky talk-driven curiosities about people living on the fringes of society - yet somehow different, managing to imbue his usual obsessions with the freshness and vitality of a first-time director. show more

  • 70
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Unfolding and sounding like a novel, Hartley's ensemble of lower-class losers clash and repel in a startlingly, unpreachy lesson about the importance and danger of influences. show more

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