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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Absorbing and exquisite. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Has an odd magic about it - the magic of Darger's singularly peculiar dreamworld. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Even without much in the way of hard facts, Yu makes intuitive leaps, using animated segments to bring to life Darger's work, and therefore the man - or as much of him as it is possible to fathom. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A fascinating examination of a mysterious life and the truly bizarre art that it spawned. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Darger made art as if the lives of his subjects depended on it. That's how Yu has made her movie. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Yu presents a compelling, somewhat disturbing portrait of the artist, who in 2000 was the subject of a major exhibit that toured the world. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film, like its subject, is more adroit with pictures than with words. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    If this documentary were about a serious painter, it would be judged a travesty not unlike commercials that goose up the couple in "American Gothic" or show the Mona Lisa laughing. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The result is an astonishingly complex, striking original portrait of an artist whose deeply personal art, intended for no one but God and himself, demands to be treated on its own terms. show more

  • 89
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    One need not necessarily appreciate Darger's art to enjoy Yu's sympathetic, intimate, and often breathtaking journey into the workings of his mind. show more

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