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  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The good-looking, easygoing doc settles in with its two subjects, offering not just an intimate perspective on the playwright's biography but some touching reflections on the comforts and perils of long-term friendship. show more

  • 75
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, Shepard & Dark can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The more Shepard & Dark rewinds through their shared history, the more the film blossoms into something far richer than a simple tribute to a long, beautiful friendship—it becomes an ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it’s not even past. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    There’s tension as the two hole up in Santa Fe to work on the book, but the bottom-line feeling is of two old friends, now two old men, who have found their place in each other’s complicated lives. show more

  • 75
    Drew Taylor The Playlist

    There’s always been something romantic and powerful about relationships primarily built on letter-writing, and that’s true for Shepard and Dark too. show more

  • 80
    Rob Nelson Variety

    The ups and downs of a decades-long friendship are charted with warmth and sensitivity in Shepard and Dark. show more

  • 50
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Despite its unusual beginnings, the friendship doesn't offer much narrative juice. show more

  • 83
    Nick Schager The A.V. Club

    [The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured. show more

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