The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a stunning portrait of a musical genius that nearly slipped away. It depicts a perfect example of brilliance and madness going hand in hand. Because Daniel Johnston is an artist suffering from manic… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whether you think this mentally ill cult musician is worthy of being called a "genius," this document of his life is crafted with sincere respect and is fascinating to watch.

Michael Senft
Arizona Republic

The Devil and Daniel Johnston is an unflinching yet loving look at the outsider musician's life. It's also the most revealing look at genius and mental illness since Terry Zwigoff's 1994 documentary Crumb.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

To share Feuerzeig's loving investigation is to share an insightful study of the destructive and creative capabilities of the mind.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

While the movie is interesting as a curiosity, it ultimately reflects on the people who erroneously believe in the heightened quality of Johnston's overrated music.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational, exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

This well-done documentary will explain why Johnston has never been able to rise above cult status ...

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

While a bit draggy in places, the film nonetheless holds up quite well as an enjoyable biopic of a underground musical madman. The "genius" moniker does get dangled a bit too often, there's certainly enough beauty and power in Daniel Jonston's music to su

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feuerzeig was able to fashion such a thorough, engaging film partly because aficionados such as Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth shot so much footage of Johnston performing and acting out.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Riveting even when it borders on the hagiographic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
This fascinating stranger-than-fiction documentary is a beautiful statement about ambition, art, and insanity. It's not clear why Daniel Johnston himself… More
Tim Sigur
A great documentary about a really fascinating guy.
Apeneck Fletcher
Sometimes genius is mistaken for crazy, and sometimes crazy is mistaken for genius. Falling dead into the latter camp, here is the story of a delusional soul… More
Christopher Mercer
Incredibly interesting, well done documentary about an incredibly interesting individual called Daniel Johnston - an underground songwriter who has become an… More
Adriel Lim
A fascinating, ticklish and heart-ful look at this tortured artist's soul. It's a great watch to those who have never heard of Daniel yet, and his… More
Mark Abell
Creative genius and severe mental illness often come together in one package and such is the case with Daniel Johnston. His creative output is phenomenal with… More

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