Tales From the Script
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Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman's TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"One suspects that writers in Tales from the Script might have more to say about the art and the joy of creating, but Hanson seems less interested in their craft, spending much of the film allowing the writers to vent about the industry."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Serves more as practical discouragement, working off the idea that would-be writers are mostly deluded and starry-eyed, and what this movie can do is hammer in the reality."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"[It] isn't shocking or surprising, but often amusing, honest and filled with interesting kernels of confessions from a wide range of lively screenwriters."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"No wonder they call screenwriters egomaniacs with low-self esteem."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Bulletin from Hollywood: Screenwriters are anxious and whiny."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A cultured curio that offers up an unblinking look at the delicate balancing act between art and commerce that is screenwriting, and moviemaking in general."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Tales from the Script, which is an awful title that no decent screenwriter would ever choose, is a documentary that features nearly 50 of the film industry's most notable screenwriters talking about their craft and the business it serves."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"I implore any prospective or fledgling screenwriters out there to see the new documentary Tales from the Script."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Amusingly blunt."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Tales is all medium-shot chatter clumped together under cutesy chapter heads and scored to chirpily repetitive Muzak."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"an inside perspective of what the big talents on the pedestal of major filmmaking success talk (and bitch) about."
‑ Jules Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Essential viewing for any would-be or struggling screenwriters--all screenwriters struggle--Peter Hanson's uninvitingly titled documentary is a pretty straightforward affair. That's not a bad thing."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"If you have any interest whatsoever in writing a screenplay or trying to get a gig writing in Hollywood, this is a must-see film and a great companion to the book."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
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