Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

critic Reviews

, 93% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation lives up to its title with an absorbing and revealing look at a pair of American literary giants.
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Peter DebrugeVariety
    It's a pleasure to spend an hour and a half in the resurrected company of these two intellects, but the experience feels like the lazy alternative to reading biographies about either man...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Marc SavlovAustin Chronicle
    Truman & Tennessee is a fascinating but melancholy mash note to the enduring friendship of two genius misfits who, despite constant self doubt barely masked by a raconteur's seeming insouciance.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carla RenataRogerEbert.com
    Two of our most celebrated literary geniuses get a loving tribute for a friendship laden with joy, jealousy and a world that only Truman & Tennesse could inhabit, navigate and understand. Brilliant!!!
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    Watching this captivating film, especially during Pride month, one can't help but wonder how these outsized talents would have fared in a more open and embracing society - or would their demons have simply followed them into the 21st century?
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    "An Intimate Conversation" never quite digs beyond the cultivated personas of either author - a drawback of the archival format. But for anyone invested in the writers, it offers a vivid sketch.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ian FreerEmpire Magazine
    Doesn't always cohere into a gripping yarn but it is detailed, boasts a real feel for the fiction and, in-between the two men's rampant viciousness, emerges as undeniably poignant.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Glenn SumiNOW Toronto
    One section recounting a trip to Ischia in which the two were vacationing with their long-term lovers calls out to be dramatized. If only the two were alive to do it justice.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    A well-constructed documentary which presents in parallel two fascinating characters whilst doing a pretty good job of plumbing their psychology and hitting their career high points.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Liam LaceyOriginal Cin
    The emotional tone here is sympathetic and elegiac, and since both Quinto and Parsons have a way with words, often absorbing. Though there is little here that won't be known by fans of the writers, the format is striking.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Parsons and Quinto sound just enough like the real writers to make this an almost seamless, often revealing and always entertaining look at the two writers.
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