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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a life worth remembering. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Plimpton recorded many of these adventures in books that are well worth seeking out. But if you don’t have enough time to do so, Bean and Poling have assembled a delightful cheat sheet. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The ironies of Plimpton's life are handled delicately, made just obvious enough for viewers to mull themselves. show more

  • 70
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work — both for himself, and for the rest of us. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Tom Bean and Luke Poling’s documentary shows that its subject’s true talent may have been for an occupation no less rarefied than the ones he failed at: movie star. show more

  • 50
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Its looseness adequately portrays Plimpton as an inwardly conflicted figure, but it fails to make much of a case for his legacy outside of The Paris Review's still-noticeable brand. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    It’s to the filmmakers’ credit that we also see how insecurity and proximity to fame both drove him and drove him crazy, resulting in a layered look at a man who was a jack of all trades, but a master of one: being George. show more

  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly

    A remarkable doc about a life well lived. show more

  • 90
    Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times

    It's a great trick the filmmakers have pulled off to make us feel as if we're there sorting through the memories with him. The movie's editing is especially artful with Maya Hawke and Casey Brooks doing the nipping and tucking. show more

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