The Hand of Fatima
The Hand of Fatima (2009)

Anthology is thrilled to present the US Theatrical Premiere Run of THE HAND OF FATIMA, a double portrait of a rock critic and his favorite band. Robert Palmer was America's pre-eminent music writer, best known for his book DEEP BLUES… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
New York Magazine/Vulture

Has a combination of personal history and glorious music that is deeply compelling.

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Jay Ruttenberg
Time Out

Like so many before her, Augusta Palmer treats her hosts with overstated reverence, which is a shame: Somewhere in this scenario lies a very funny, very strange indie comedy.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

It'd be tempting to call it ambitious if the large emotions felt by its subjects were transmitted in terms other than the increasingly common tropes of the family-therapy doc.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

The Hand of Fatima tries to understand the '60s-bred hunger for ecstasy, pursued through music and drugs.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

All the slapdash animation, stock footage, fake Robert narration, and cred-boosting testimonials here (Yoko Ono, Donovan, Genesis P. Orridge) offer less insight than father Palmer's own book-turned-doc Deep Blues.

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Ben Greenman
New Yorker

Succeeds in shedding kaleidoscopic light on both the man and the music.

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Matthew Connolly
New York Press

For all its earnestness, however, The Hand of Fatima feels a little too thematically diffuse to leave a distinct impression.

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