Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2005)

Steve Earle offered to "stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots" to declare him the world's greatest songwriter. In concert, Lucinda Williams often dedicates "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten" to him. Artists,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 2, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This may not be a solid biography, but it feels true.

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Lou Carlozo
Chicago Tribune

A less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A textured, elegiac, and deeply plangent music documentary. Brown's film, never exposing Van Zandt to too much harsh light, preserves this enigma just enough that it makes you want to go back to the music after you've caught these glimpses of the man.

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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News

[An] honest, sobering and poignant tribute to a tortured talent who died young and left behind a treasure chest of songs.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the- brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry.

Christopher Campbell

A surprisingly deep understanding of an otherwise obscure artist.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

While the film lacks polish, there's enough good material and good performances to keep everything on track.

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