Marwencol (2010)

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked by five men in his hometown of Kingston, New York. The assault left the ex-navyman, carpenter, and showroom designer in a coma for nine days; he emerged with brain damage that initially… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inspiring and fascinating, Marwencol depicts its subject with heartfelt tenderness, raising poignant questions about art and personal tragedy along the way.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Simultaneously hypnotic and unnerving, it asks some rather uncomfortable questions about the nature of art and the potential and limits of self-healing.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A fine, delicately nuanced portrait of an artist compelled by mysterious forces to create something utterly unique.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Extraordinary, astonishing, revealing, unique

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Director Jeff Malmberg sees something in Hogancamp that he wants all of us to see, an imperfect human scarred by horrific trauma who nonetheless finds a reason to live.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

If you have even a passing interest in outsider art, you owe it to yourself to see "Marwencol."

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Truly inspiring

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Hogancamp's alliance with director Jeff Malmberg in this artful and poignant film marks a victory in the war against the self.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Producer/director Jeff Malmberg tells the amazing true story with tenderness and tact.

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Tim Martain
The Mercury

The film is never flippant, never disrespectful and always approaches Mark's hobby with eyes wide open and no agenda other than fascinated admiration.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"When his world was stolen, Mark Hogancamp made a world of his own."</i> After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke,… More
Walter M.
"Marwencol" is an intriguing documentary about an intriguing individual, Mark Hogancamp. On a general level, it is concerned with identity, as after… More
Spencer S.
More than a simple documentary about an artform, Marwencol digs deep into the psyche and troubled past of the creator, Mark Hogencamp. Beaten by five men and… More
Eric Broome
"Marwencol" is a remarkable documentary. The premise is well-explained in the official review above, so there is little reason to restate it myself.… More
Stella Dallas
the VERY strange tale of a man who built a town-- a miniature town in his backyard. using dolls he plays out an elaborate fantasy of WW2 with himself as the… More
John Ballantine
Documentary film makers seem to be tripping over themselves to document not the most important persons in society but rather the odd. Here we take an… More