Tales From the Script
Tales From the Script (2010)

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), John Carpenter (Halloween), Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ian Buckwalter

One suspects that writers in Tales from the Script might have more to say about the art and the joy of creating, but Hanson seems less interested in their craft, spending much of the film allowing the writers to vent about the industry.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession.

Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Serves more as practical discouragement, working off the idea that would-be writers are mostly deluded and starry-eyed, and what this movie can do is hammer in the reality.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Bulletin from Hollywood: Screenwriters are anxious and whiny.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A cultured curio that offers up an unblinking look at the delicate balancing act between art and commerce that is screenwriting, and moviemaking in general.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Amusingly blunt.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Tales is all medium-shot chatter clumped together under cutesy chapter heads and scored to chirpily repetitive Muzak.

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Jules Brenner

an inside perspective of what the big talents on the pedestal of major filmmaking success talk (and bitch) about.

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Jonathan Hutchings
A disappointingly unimaginative documentary made with no cinematic flair at all -- more reminiscent of DVD bonus content than anything. It is simply a series of… More
Walter M.
To be honest, I was disappointed that the documentary "Tales from the Script" had less to do with the art of screenwriting than in oft-told tales of… More
Spencer S.
A detailed and informative documentative stance on the role of the screenwriters in the film process. Interviews with such greats as Frank Darabont and Billy… More
Wu Chouin
Interesting insight on the struggles of getting a script from the page to the screen. Great reference for anyone wanting to be a screenwriter in Hollywood.
Ken Stachnik
Fun, if not slightly depressing, documentary on screen writing and the business of Hollywood. I'd have loved to catalog all of the footage for this though.