Dreams With Sharp Teeth
Dreams With Sharp Teeth (2008)

Anyone coming to Dreams With Sharp Teeth expecting a formal, traditionally organized biographical sketch of author Harlan Ellison will be disappointed. But what they will find instead is Ellison more or less unchained and ranging (and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Leo Goldsmith

If there is a criticism to be lobbed at Nelson's judicious but otherwise highly entertaining tribute, it's that it too often plays the role of the fawning, autograph-hungry fanboy, willing to accept all of the abuse Ellison wishes to hurl at it.

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Michael Alan Connelly
New York Magazine/Vulture

What makes this bracing documentary, 27 years in the making, is Ellison's incredible personal history.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Ellison é arrogante, mal-humorado, impulsivo, auto-indulgente, prolixo e agressivo. ... também brilhante, articulado e divertidíssimo %u2013 exatamente como este belo documentário que gira em torno não de sua obra, mas de sua personalidade.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It would seem no easy task conveying the essence of a bigger-than-life figure like Ellison in a 96-minute film. But Nelson, producer of Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, makes it look easy.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Directed by Erik Nelson, Dreams With Sharp Teeth recalls the career of Harlan Ellison, a runty young geek who evolved into a world-famous artist.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Snappy documentary on prolific writer Harlan Ellison.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

All told, Ellison is a fascinating person to spend 96 minutes with. But you probably shouldn't risk that 97th.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Documentarian Erik Nelson, overcautious of his subject, is content to let Ellison luxuriate in his legacy of infamy--as a lothario, and a litigious and pugilistic combatant.

Bill Gibron

As documentaries go, it's a brilliant distillation of a figure of almost impossible scope. Here's hoping it opens Ellison up to a whole new audience - and here's knowing that they won't be ready for him.

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Randy Tippy
Harlan's life imitates his art. Angry. Rebellious. Uncompromising.
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Mandatory viewing for all living artists, especially writers and authors. A candid, fun, and thorough immersion into the world of Harlan Ellison with interviews… More
Jim Hunter
This documentary is relatively even-handed as it presents Harlan Ellison, a prolific, important, but impishly angry writer. There are several laugh-out-loud… More
Walter M.
"Dreams with Sharp Teeth" is an entertaining documentary about the life and work of Harlan Ellison, the prolific speculative fiction writer who has… More
Spencer S.
Creative personalities, however bright their stars gleam, collapse under the weight of the world's pressures. Harlan Ellison, the brightest of all these… More
William Goss
Doc showcases prolific author Harlan Ellison through his own anecdotes and no-gruff attitude.