This So-Called Disaster
This So-Called Disaster (2004)

In 2000, director Michael Almereyda brought his film crew to San Francisco to document the rehearsal process for the Magic Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play +The Late Henry Moss, as directed by the playwright himself. The… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 21, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

One of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately, you leave This So-Called Disaster with renewed respect for Shepard, who comes off as a kind of quiet hero: a man of words, confronting his past with little fuss, and from it creating a legacy.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Will appeal mostly to those who love theater and relish the opportunity to see a production being built, scene by scene.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

In its vision of the push-and-pull of rehearsal and the revelation of how a play comes to breathing, snorting life onstage, Almereyda's video brings us close to the act of creation.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Theater lovers are likely to find the film interesting even when it zigs and zags.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Consistently engrossing, with nary a dull moment, and very enlightening on what is popularly called "the actor's process."

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

In the end, what takes shape is not just a significant unraveling of Shepard's taciturn mystique, but a potent sense of the pain and rigor of revealing oneself through art.

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David Edelstein

It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.

E! Online

A fractured but compelling piece of reality theater.

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