Phyllis and Harold
Phyllis and Harold (2010)

Director Cindy Kleine examines the sometimes-turbulent, sometimes-tender 60-year marriage between her mother and father in this documentary that blends cinéma vérité -style filmmaking with first-hand reporting. The result is a film that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2010
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It isn't as profound as it pretends to be, and it strays uncomfortably close to voyeurism, but Phyllis and Harold is an undeniably engrossing documentary.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's a fascinating plea, on Kleine's part, to make sense of the many cul-de-sacs and hidden passageways in her mother's life. She doesn't succeed, but you have the distinct feeling that she couldn't have.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An impossibly self-involved portrait of a union far more commonplace than its offspring seem to believe.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

The film is well done. But it is a late arrival in a decade-long parade of dysfunctional-family indie films.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Phyllis and Harold has extraordinary breadth and depth and has been made with wit, compassion and imagination, and it reflects the complexity of life itself.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

My only question: Why does Kleine -- who's married to Andre Gregory of My Dinner With Andre fame -- think that anybody outside her family gives a damn?

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Very funny, and surprisingly touching, Phyllis and Harold finds romance and poetry out there in Long Island -- accomplishments indeed.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Engrossing, sad and heartbreaking.

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S. James Snyder
Time Out

Kleine forgoes good-old-days nostalgia in an effort to examine a generation that braved the new America sans a rule book.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A portrait of a marriage that epitomizes "lives of quiet desperation."

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