Shepard & Dark
Shepard & Dark (2013)

Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 2013
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

There is just enough of Shepard's lyrical prose and Dark's depth and humor to whet the appetite. You walk out wanting to read at least a few of them beginning to end.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A disarming but low-impact documentary that amounts to an odd dual biopic, "Shepard & Dark" can feel a bit like intruding on a conversation between two old friends.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

There's much to savor in Wurmfeld's insightful and oft-melancholy film about two old friends who've maintained said friendship since 1963.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

The stress of their reunion yields fascinating insights into Shepard's work.

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Nick Schager
AV Club

[The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured.

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Drew Taylor
The Playlist

Instead, after all that effort being put into showing this relationship in its fullest terms, they allow the men to, true to their mythic southwestern surroundings, simply walk into the sunset...

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Both good times and bad bubble back up to the surface, giving the film an unguarded honesty.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The film points toward a rich and complicated story that only partly makes it onto the screen.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Enlightening and philosophical.

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