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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The film paints an affectionate portrait of a wry, somewhat addled man whose hard-partying past was in stark contrast with his later life - a fluffy cat nestles in his guitar case while he explains his nickname. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    A tender take on life after stardom. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This might be the only documentary that will appeal to punks and Mormons alike. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    You're left with the bewilderment and joy on Kane's face as he plays the old songs, and the sense of ghosts just behind his back. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Kane was nicknamed "Killer" because of his playing style -- and New York Doll has a killer surprise ending that may leave even hard-core punkers reaching for the Kleenex. show more

  • 60
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    Overall, New York Doll is an affectionate (occasionally too much so) look at Arthur Kane. show more

  • 60
    Anna Smith Empire

    A fascinating portrait of a broken rock star picking up the pieces, this misses a few tricks but still entertains. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    So rich, moving and surprising that a familiar story starts to feel new again. The details, the personalities and the final twist grab you until you're left truly shaken and inspired. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    This makes for a modestly touching journey, but New York Doll, in its wafer-thin way, is an oxymoron: a hagiographic tribute to a rocker with more passion than talent. show more

  • 80
    F. X. Feeney L.A. Weekly

    Overall, Whitely's debut film may just fill you with an unexpectedly deep elation. show more

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