Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? (2010)

Although he never became the kind of international superstar someone with his remarkable skills should have, Harry Nilsson was arguably the most respected singer, songwriter, and record maker of the '70s, winning a pair of Grammys for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A personal, generous tribute reel designed to keep a musical master's legacy very much alive.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

There's been so little written about Nilsson or archiving of his work that Who Is Harry Nilsson is a godsend just for bringing together so much rare footage.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

John Sheinfeld's portrait revisits the man, the artist and the reputation, with a wealth of TV performance clips and interviews with friends, family and colleagues...

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Conventional in style and is likely to mean more to the sadly forgotten musician's fans than to others.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Who Is Harry Nilsson is a worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct.

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Shawn Levy
Oregonian

You will leave the theater singing, if with a touch of melancholy.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The point of it is not, in the end, to explain him or solve the mystery of his life, but rather to spend time in his company and understand why he is someone to be missed.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Sticking closely to the archival footage and talking-heads formula, it's the quality of the former and the sense of personal involvement in the latter that elevates the film above the run-of-the-mill rockumentary.

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Steve Simels
Boxoffice Magazine

On the one hand, the film is a cautionary too-much-too-soon story that was a cliché even before what Casey Kasem refers to as the Rock Era; on the other hand, it also has enough touching, amusing and/or appalling episodes to make it compulsively watchable

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A very interesting look into the life of one of my favorite musicians. Nilsson's life seemed to be unlike anyone other's, including friendships with… More
Jason Reneau
Fantastic! Everything about the man (musically and personally) is so intriguing and wonderful. This was a great movie and an absolute pleasure to watch.
Stella Dallas
requiem for a guy who almost wasn't famous. considered by many of his peers to be one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation, his brief brush… More
Ed Fucking Harris
Yeah Harry Nilsson was great, and under recognized. And yes it's a good thing that a few more people might know who he is as a result of this film. But no,… More
Eric Broome
A meticulous, well-made documentary about the late singer-songwriter, though it never quite gets inside his head to explain why he was so self-destructive.… More
Deb Jarnagin
i wish john lennon was alive still so they could interview him. and i wish they flew to wherever ringo was to interview him, because the ringo stuff is the best… More