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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    At first, the technique seems gimmicky, but finally it's as compelling a perspective as any to understand how these men passed through agony to some sort of peace. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Yu's experimental approach brings valuable insight to the human condition, the interviews themselves too rarely measure up to her ambitious structure. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it takes a while for Yu's thesis to jell, the film makes a lasting impression as it delves into an unfashionable territory: character as fate rather than a function of pharmaceuticals. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Wu is able to demonstrate both the timelessness and the universality of stories which, on the surface, sound extreme and unique. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Amazingly, no one seems steeped in the salubrious self-explication of therapy. They just sound like very good storytellers. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    All four stories are worthwhile, though together they’re an awful lot for one modest doc to cover. Yu’s integration of cinematic and theatrical elements is uneven, and a bit stiff. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Unfortunately, it doesn't work. None of the talking heads is as interesting as Yu thinks they are; and it's difficult to build sympathy for any of them. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    The film becomes at once an argument for the accuracy of fictional conventions and for the power of true, personal experiences. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    If all this sounds awfully classroom-bound, it isn't -- far from it. Each man's story as he tells it is riveting, truly stranger than fiction, and awesome, too, in the way of unfathomable humans. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    A highly original and at times thrilling use of the documentary medium, and one of the most revealing films about the troubled nature of contemporary manhood I've ever seen. show more

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