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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    No wonder Kurt Cobain was a fan. But it's the way Feuerzeig walks with him on the line between creativity and madness that digs this haunting and hypnotic film into your memory. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. This musician may not be a genius along the lines of Brain Wilson, as Feuerzeig claims, but Johnston has a knack for revealing innermost thoughts in an offhand way that is eerie and uncanny. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are frightening moments, as when he attacks an elderly woman he thinks is possessed by devils. And revelatory, heartbreaking ones, which can make you think that maybe he is a genius, after all. show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Feuerzeig's film - everything a good documentary should be - is a story of family, friendship, art and fame, as seen through the prisms of exceptional beauty and deepest pain. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest. show more

  • 88
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    With humor, honesty and awe, Feuerzeig's portrait may love Daniel Johnston, but it won't give his parents much hope. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The casual listener is easily put off, but by the end of the film, even a newcomer can see the magic that made fans of Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth and led the estimable Yo La Tengo, Pearl Jam and Wilco to cover Johnston's remarkable body of work. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Watching the movie, I was reminded of the documentary "Crumb"...There is a line that sometimes runs between genius and madness, sometimes encircles them. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Feuerzeig presents an unyieldingly sympathetic but always fascinating portrait of an artist whose mental illness became inseparable from his art, with one often fueling the other. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    You don't have to be a fan of Daniel Johnston, an underground artist and singer-songwriter whose manic-depression has kept him from realizing his full potential, to appreciate director Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary. show more

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