Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
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Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
Steve Earle offered to "stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots" to declare him the world's greatest songwriter. In concert, Lucinda Williams often dedicates "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten" to him. Artists, as diverse as Emmylou Harris and The Meat Puppets, have recorded his songs. The late Townes Van Zandt was the kind of artist who is always more famous dead than alive. Born into wealth, Townes was an outsider from the get-go. Clinical depression steered the ragged course as did his appetite for drugs and alcohol. Determined to be a success, Townes eventually… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This may not be a solid biography, but it feels true."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons."
‑ Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune
"A surprisingly deep understanding of an otherwise obscure artist."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Van Zandt gets his own documentary"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Manages a pretty fair portrait of Van Zandt and his personal demons, pressures and joys."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[An] honest, sobering and poignant tribute to a tortured talent who died young and left behind a treasure chest of songs."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the- brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"While the film lacks polish, there's enough good material and good performances to keep everything on track."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"He may not have been a good guy, but fellow musicians tend to focus on his work and they can't say enough good things about his talent. They sing his praises and sing his songs."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Brown weaves together audio footage and taped interviews that show a man whose proximity to death had calcified into a sharp blade of self-deprecating wit."
‑ Jesse Paddock,
"A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"Loving but unflinching documentary on celebrated singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Van Zandt comes across as humble, witty, empathetic, sympathetic and very, very gifted."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"...required viewing for Van Zandt fans, probably required for country music fans, and even of interest to those with no great affection for either."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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