Henry Fool
Henry Fool (1998)

Hal Hartley's best yet, about a self-deluding literary Pygmalion, a poetic savant, Queens and the rest of the world. A comic pageant of ironic gestures.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 19, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Embracing Hartley's motifs, such as the vicissitudes of fame and fate, the film is sharply uneven, meditative and touching in moments but also pretentious and overlong; it's the last decent movie Hartley has made.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I was disappointed in Hartley's most ambitious film to date; I expected more than what was delivered.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Has some good acting and ideas, but Hartley doesn't seem to know how to end the thing.

Peter Henne
Film Journal International

In better sync with its content, but its story, too, of an individual living in a dumpster world trying to share what he knows and make it sing, is undeniably moving.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The complexities and weirdness of popular culture provide the backdrop for this black comedy about creativity, politics, publishing, and mentors.

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James Sanford

a deft, sometimes perplexing comedy-drama that stubbornly refuses to bow to convention or to soft-sell its darker, more upsetting aspects in the name of drawing a wider audience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This is a pretty strange movie. From the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival Collection. Henry is a Garbage Man who life is invaded by some pretty wild… More
Donna Dawson
I watched Faye Grim before seeing this movie. Now, as I watched this first movie, it was very hilarious and well written. Hal Hartley directed a fine piece here… More
William Goss
Revels in peculiarity. Moderately amusing, rarely engaging. Third act flags.
Marion Ravenwood
I enjoy this film as much as Fay Grim, I will check out more of Hartley's films.