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The Devil and Daniel Johnston

  PG Closed Captioning

Jeff Feuerzeig

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Plot Summary

His drawings and sketches are exhibited and sold worldwide. Beck, Wilco, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam have recorded his songs. But beneath Daniel Johnston's success as an artist and musician is an incredible story of genius touched by madness: diagnosed as manic-depressive, Johnston has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. Told through a compelling combination of interviews, home movies and performance footage, "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" is 'a harrowing, hilarious and ultimately moving new documentary film' (Jim Farber, New York Daily News). '****' (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News)!


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: I found the documentary surprisingly diverting as a case study. – David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Jun 29, 2007

Fresh: Devil leads us into that dark, uncharted valley where evil, genius, divine inspiration, insanity -- and other unfathomable mysteries -- commingle. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A searing, compassionate portrait of chronic mental illness. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like Capturing the Friedmans, Devil is loaded with revealing footage, rife with psychodrama, including a creepy home movie in which the teenage Johnston plays himself and his overbearing mother. – Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I laughed, I cried .....

I saw this film awhile back and was quite pleased with it. I hadn't known too much about Daniel Johnston before hand (other than the famous Cobain T-Shirt) and now I'm glad I know. It's certainly interesting to see the parallels between genious and insanity. His music was basic, but full of soul. His art was minimalist at best, yet, full of life. I'm glad I watched this film and I hope you'll watch it for Daniel's sake. He deserves it.

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