Drew: The Man Behind The Poster
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster (2013)

DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters. Telling the tale… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 19, 2013
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Peter Debruge
Variety

The Norman Rockwell of movie advertising steps in front of the camera for a long-overdue celebration sure to delight fans and heighten awareness of his legacy.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The summary comes when the low-key Struzan offhandedly reveals what he often hears: "Give it your magic." It's all on view here.

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Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

the documentary is also a sly elegy for a changing Hollywood where real hands-on artistry is being replaced by the rush to digital homogeneity.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Though it will play well with genre diehards on video, the sometimes awkwardly shot doc is too fawning and narrow in scope to attract much of a crowd in theaters.

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Nick Schager
AV Club

Drew makes a valid case for the artist as not simply an all-time great, but as a casualty of a business that prizes bottom-line cost management above unique creativity.

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

A movie that celebrates the work, but at the expense of contemporary John Alvin, who isn't just a glaring omission from the story, but in a couple of instances is actively obliterated from it.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

At length, the cheerleading (capped with fawning fanboys at San Diego Comic-Con) becomes a mildly taxing torrent. And Mr. Struzan, while an agreeable presence, is not an especially engrossing speaker.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

The demure, self-effacing Struzan undermines Sharkey's strategy by insisting his art is only the product of a mundane creative process.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

This star-studded documentary about poster artist Drew Struzan would never play as fiction: His rags-to-riches journey from poverty to Hollywood acclaim is straight out a '30s movie.

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