Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
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 translated into more than forty languages worldwide. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards, and the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring Peck depicts him wearing glasses, as Finch. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that she wanted to be South Alabama's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Murphy seems determined above all to respect Lee's desire for privacy, making her a sort of anti-Errol Morris."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"...a lovingly told biography that is well-crafted, informative and entertaining - all things that a good documentary should be."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"While entirely pleasant viewing, it's worth noting that Hey Boo isn't particularly distinguished filmmaking."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Here's a riddle. Why is any documentary about Harper Lee like a doughnut? Because both have a hole in the middle."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Fascinating documentary about the reclusive author and her sole literary masterpiece."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Not the most accomplished of documentaries, but it's amiable enough."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"...more a celebration of a book and its movie adaptation than a biographical documentary...Passages are read and we marvel at just how many great moments are there to be found."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Informative background on birth of the book. . .with overflowing love and respect bestowed on [Lee] from family, friends, and famous fans [and] reverentially about the film."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"An unremarkable docu."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Hey, Boo is so appealing because it's obviously and undeniably a work of commitment and passion."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy - and this is one of the better ones."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Well-edited and captivating with easily digestible information albeit sans surprising revelations."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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