Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
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Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
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 his covers of "Everybody's Talkin'," and "Without You." This documentary features archival footage of the quirky performer, and copious new interviews with contemporaries who discuss his outrageous behavior and his formidable talent. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A personal, generous tribute reel designed to keep a musical master's legacy very much alive."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"This rich portrait of a most complex artist beautifully, movingly and humorously explains the enigma, glory and tragedy of his life."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Conventional in style and is likely to mean more to the sadly forgotten musician's fans than to others."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"You will leave the theater singing, if with a touch of melancholy."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"...does something that few such films accomplish: it allows the audience to feel as though they have walked a mile in a man's shoes."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"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."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"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"
‑ Steve Simels, Boxoffice Magazine