Danielson: A Family Movie
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Filmmaker J.L. Aronson offers an intimate portrait of a band in which eccentric innovation and unwavering faith forms an unlikely recipe for indie-rock stardom. The year was 1995, and aspiring musician Daniel Smith needed a project for his senior thesis project at Rutgers University. Upon handing in an album recorded by the Danielson Famile entitled A Prayer for Every Hour, the ambitious student was promptly given an A for his remarkable creative efforts. The youngest sibling in the Smith family was 11 years old, and a new era in family history had been set into motion. Born and bred in the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shot on digital and layered with animated segments, performance footage and clips from Smith family home movies, Family Movie unfolds with a gentle, justified confidence in the power of its subject."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"J L Aronson's documentary is about Daniel Smith, a musician who performs Christian music that is a world away from most of what is heard under that label."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"From his irritating squeak of a voice to an infantile stage presence that includes dressing himself as a multifruit-bearing tree, Smith's comical incompetence wins him the adoration of adolescent misfits."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Aronson's film is a fond portrait, loaded with bizarre, haunting music and Smith's off-kilter inspirations."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"There is an undeniable quirky appeal to the creative world of Daniel Smith, though those who hope a behind-the-scenes look will explain his motivation or personality won't find the enigma resolved here."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"What Danielson doesn't do enough of is reveal [Daniel] Smith's music on its own terms."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"... it's hard to imagine anyone not in the actual family (or at least the presold family of fans) being interested enough to stick it out for the entire hour and 45 minutes."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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