Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was shocked to learn that Turner was pregnant with Bagby's unborn child. Hoping to create a film that would… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 31, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.

Hank Sartin
Time Out

Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Dear Zachary earns its right to engage us on a primal level, but it comes on the heels of so many films that don't, movies that...prey on modern fears and inflate third-rate material to the plane of tragedy.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An uneven yet frequently heartbreaking documentary...

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Tense, twisting crime docu is deeply disturbing.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

Nick Rogers

Know as little going in as possible. The film's tragedy predates Facebook and Twitter, but the rapid-fire way in which its memorials are edited and the scope of those offering them feels like social-network expression of grief - fast, immediate, unifying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
After watching this heart-wrenching documentary, I lost faith in the judicial system, child protective services, law enforcement and humanity in general. This… More
Steve K
I'm glad I waited so long to watch this. And I'm glad it was ruined for me before I did. It made the film emotionally muted for me. I'll never… More
Spencer S.
One of the more poignant documentaries I for one have ever seen, Dear Zachary is a love letter, a sermon, and a condolence to all those that loved friend,… More
Jennifer Xu
Dear Zachary is one of the finest, most organic documentaries I've seen in a very long time. I love that Kurt Kuenne ltried to et the events speak for… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"My name is Kurt and I'm a filmmaker. Andrew appeared in every movie I made growing up. I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to… More
Mark Hobin
Gut-wrenching documentary about Dr. Andrew Bagby, a resident in family practice in Latrobe, Pennsylvania who is shot to death by Shirley Turner, his unstable… More