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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Engrossing, sad and heartbreaking. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Fortunately, Lisa Crafts' colorful animation intermittently brings welcome charm and life to this otherwise dreary tale. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Phyllis and Harold is really about Phyllis and how discontent has a way of spilling, then spreading. Kleine never quite says so, but her mother’s life was a tragedy. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    My only question: Why does Kleine -- who's married to Andre Gregory of "My Dinner With Andre" fame -- think that anybody outside her family gives a damn? show more

  • 60
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    Kleine forgoes good-old-days nostalgia in an effort to examine a generation that braved the new America sans a rule book. But it’s the central mystery of Cindy’s own life--did Phyllis ever love Harold?--that turns this sociological examination into something profoundly personal. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Twelve years in the making, Phyllis and Harold has extraordinary breadth and depth and has been made with wit, compassion and imagination, and it reflects the complexity of life itself. show more

  • 60
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Evocatively fleshed out with surprisingly iconic homemovies, passionate love letters and well-chosen pop tunes, Kleine's homegrown Jewish "Madame Bovary" escapes the navel-gazing boundaries of the personal-diary docu by the sheer force of its evocation of bygone sensuality. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    What's interesting about the filmmaker's rummage through her parents' conjugal closet--another in a thriving sub-genre of domestic-turmoil docs as told by their spawn--is the abyss between the husband and wife's points of view. show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    The problem with these my-family-was-messed-up-and-I need-to-share projects is that they require an audience of complete strangers to give a damn. And while we sometimes do, it’s usually because the material is inherently compelling (“Tarnation”) or the filmmaking uncovers truths beyond the template of family therapy (“51 Birch Street”). Sadly, Phyllis and Harold fulfills neither requirement. show more

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