Val

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An absorbingly reflective documentary that benefits from its subject's self-chronicling, Val offers an intimate look at a unique life and career.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasABC Radio (Australia)
    A raw, honest portrait of self-reflection by one of Hollywood's biggest names in a personally and professionally challenging period of transition.
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    Robert LevinNewsday
    It presents an actor reckoning not only with the imprint left upon him by his roles, but with how to reconstitute one of his most difficult moments into a period of freedom.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    It's vibrant, quick, and alive, and Val Kilmer today makes for an entertaining guide, with his hammy facial gestures now doing double duty since he can't talk.
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    Gary M. KramerSalon.com
    The moral of "Val," may be that Kilmer is his own worst enemy, an idea that gives the film its diffused power.... "Val" certainly engenders sympathy, but at times it feels like crocodile tears.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    The result is undoubtedly a canny mediation on the vagaries of fame, but it feels more intimate and essential than that: a lifetime of searching and self-regard distilled, somehow, into a state of grace.
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    Sara StewartBook & Film Globe
    This documentary is both great fun and deeply sad.
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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    In Val, we see him low and sad and sick, but it's still only the face he wants to put forward. He remains, somewhat triumphantly, off in his own zone.
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    Jeremy JahnsJeremyJahns.com
    It's an experience that is introspective in itself, and in turn forces you to be introspective in the healthiest way possible.
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    Asia FreyLagniappe (Mobile, AL)
    You don't have to be a huge Val Kilmer fan to engage with the documentary "Val."
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    Eileen JonesThe Jacobin
    Sourced from decades of the Hollywood star's private home videos, the new documentary Val depicts the rise and fall of infamously "difficult" actor Val Kilmer with charm and intimacy - even if it's a self-serving portrait.
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