Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2011)

Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Between interviews about the merits and courage of the novel and clips from the 1962 film adaptation that earned Gregory Peck an Academy Award, Mary McDonagh Murphy's directorial debut offers up a few morsels of fresh material.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It would have been wonderful if Lee had consented to an interview for this documentary, but at least we have, among many others, her 99-year-old sister Alice.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

Murphy seems determined above all to respect Lee's desire for privacy, making her a sort of anti-Errol Morris.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Here's a riddle. Why is any documentary about Harper Lee like a doughnut? Because both have a hole in the middle.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Fascinating documentary about the reclusive author and her sole literary masterpiece.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Not the most accomplished of documentaries, but it's amiable enough.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Harper Lee hasn't been interviewed in 47 years, but this meditation on her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, puts you inside her skin.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

An unremarkable docu.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Hey, Boo is so appealing because it's obviously and undeniably a work of commitment and passion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
With Harper Lee politely declining to be interviewed director Mary Murphy had to rely on the recollections of friends and associates to piece together this… More