New York Doll
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The New York Dolls were a rock band who titled their second studio album Too Much Too Soon, and it summed up the band's career all too well. Playing hard, swaggering rock & roll that anticipated the aural chaos of punk five years before the Sex Pistols became a cause célèbre, and boasting an androgynous fashion statement that made David Bowie look timid, the Dolls made headlines and earned a loyal cult following between 1971 and 1976, but their look and sound were too extreme for the mass audience at the time, and the fact that several members of the band had serious drug and alcohol… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Doll in the title of the fine, touching documentary New York Doll is far from a supermodel."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"[A] respectful and subtle look at the difference faith can make in one's life."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A tribute to and stroking of its subject ... And by canonizing Kane, displaying this hulking angel with such innocence, the film is soulless."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"The details, the personalities and the final twist grab you until you're left truly shaken and inspired."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A nimble, handsome film that also happens to be about a noteworthy guy: the late Arthur 'Killer' Kane."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"New York Doll is still a revelation, and a fine companion piece to End of the Century, the edgier and uglier history of another post-Dolls band, The Ramones."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Becomes a lovely portrait of a man coming back to himself, without forgetting what else he's become."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Excels at telling the extraordinary story of a bizarrely ordinary man."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"In the end, it is hard to not feel that God does work in mysterious ways, if the life of Arthur 'Killer' Kane is any example."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Whiteley delicately balances both Kane's newfound devotion and his more glamorous rock 'n' roll past and pays respect to both."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The late Johnny Thunders didn't write You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory until after the Dolls had broken up, but this lovely little heartbreaker of a movie takes the sentiment as its own."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"As the credits roll, New York Doll transforms from a puff piece about an aging rock star into a moving rumination on a man's final grasp for redemption."
‑ Michael Senft, Arizona Republic
"Touching and funny, with an unforgettable ending that could not have been better if it were fiction. One of the best films of the year."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A stirring film that [turns] Arthur Kane's largely heartbreaking rock and roll life into a small monument to the power of friendship and the wonders of the spirit."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"The odyssey is atypical and historically fascinating, but philosophically and structurally lopsided - - a textbook example of the right-place-at-the-right-time school of filmmaking."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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