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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Flawed, flaky and exasperating, it's held together by two powerful eccentrics. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If someone else had made "My Son," it would be just another crime thriller based on a true story. But with Werner Herzog behind the camera, it's a head-scratcher from start to finish. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The story is riddled with salutes to executive producer David Lynch and the film seems pointed hopefully in the direction of Lynch's audiences. show more

  • 70

    Photographed with bare-bones simplicity by longtime Herzog collaborator Peter Zeitlinger, My Son presents yet another Herzogian hero who views insanity as the only logical response to an insane world. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Confounds all convention and denies all expected pleasures, providing instead the delight of watching Herzog feed the police hostage formula into the Mixmaster of his imagination. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    As nutty as you'd expect when two of our most eccentric auteurs join forces. show more

  • 100
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    It’s likely that only Herzog would dare to, and succeed at, resolving this singular cinematic object by contemplating the fate of an abandoned basketball. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    By the end of this film/experiment/prank – which, to be blunt, is pretty unsatisfying – the viewer is left to ponder what it's all about, and what its purpose may have been, which, knowing Lynch and Herzog, might well be what it was about, and what its purpose was. show more

  • 70
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    Everything about this berserk, essentially static procedural is just crazy enough to be true. In any case, Herzog has gone beyond Good and Evil to reinvent himself as a candidate for the wiggiest director of comedy in America today. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    What is unexpected, however, is that the film manages to be flat and uninteresting, despite the juicy (or, at the very least, lurid) true story from 1979 that serves as this curio's inspiration. show more

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