Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was shocked to learn that Turner was pregnant with Bagby's unborn child. Hoping to create a film that would serve as both a memorial to Bagby and an introduction to the father the boy would never know, Kuenne quickly began production on a film celebrating the life of his late friend. Traveling across the entire continental United States, Kuenne made it his personal mission to interview everyone who had ever known his best friend so their memories would be captured… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"Dear Zachary earns its right to engage us on a primal level, but it comes on the heels of so many films that don't, movies that...prey on modern fears and inflate third-rate material to the plane of tragedy."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Know as little going in as possible. The film's tragedy predates Facebook and Twitter, but the rapid-fire way in which its memorials are edited and the scope of those offering them feels like social-network expression of grief - fast, immediate, unifying."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"One hell of a heart-wrenchingly sad, blisteringly angry, profoundly heartfelt movie that dares you to walk away with a shrug and a glib quip."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Miss FlickChick
"After it's through, a lot will have been said about friendship, injustice, and both faith in and letdown from the legal system, along with the intriguing thought that moral fortitude provides both its own punishments and rewards."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A powerful home movie about real-world evil and good"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The most ambitious work of its kind."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"A documentary that never should have been made, this film is maudlin tabloid journalism thrown onto the screen. All we get in the end is a cry for revenge."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne set out to make a memorial about his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, with the intention of giving the tribute to Dr. Bagby's son, Zachary, so the boy--unborn at the time of Dr. Bagby's brutal murder, would know about the father whom h"
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Emocionalmente exaustivo. Não, mais: devastador. Profundamente devastador."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Long after the credits roll one will be rendered both empty and lifted by a bewildered family's sudden forbidden journey into the abyss of emotional darkness."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
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