Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Director Kirsten Johnson follows up her critically-acclaimed doco Cameraperson with an intimate film that stars her dad in the last years of his life. With their family's dark sense of humour, they work together to keep him alive forever with the power of filmmaking.

202089 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Kirsten Johnson ('Cameraperson')
Writer:
Kirsten JohnsonNels Bangerter

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Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Now on Netflix, Dick Johnson is Dead belongs to a small but valuable group of documentaries that utilise the art of theatre and filmmaking as a means to confront close-to-unbearable subject matter.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Johnson and her father share a sense of humor, and the bond between them informs the finest moments of Dick Johnson Is Dead. Yet I can’t stop thinking about the friend crying, alone, in the church, so verklempt he forgot he was in a movie — one place where this documentary’s joyful dark humor isn’t as amusing as it should be.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Maybe Dick Johnson is Dead is the filmmaking equivalent of the band on the deck of the Titanic playing their hearts out while the water rises. If so, the movie is aware that it might be that thing, and seems content to be that thing. That's every movie, every story. When the end is preordained, you might as well make music.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Dick Johnson Is Dead is very much a film about its own making, one which repeatedly exposes its artifice.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Is this he most radical film of 2020? When film-maker Kirsten Johnson’s father developed dementia, she decided to make an unusual Netflix documentary that challenges our notions of reality.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

Dick Johnson is Dead is both a poetic act of defiance and a portrait of love at the end of a life.

Variety

Variety

press

At once a celebration and a lament, simultaneously jubilant and ineffably sad, it’s a film worth sticking around to see.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Oscillating from intimate father-daughter exchanges to surreal meta-fictional tangents, the movie lives within its riveting paradox, reflecting the queasy uncertainty surrounding its subject’s fate.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dick Johnson Is Dead is a funny, touching and, to be sure, unique film, and the Johnsons are a very fortunate father and daughter.

Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Now on Netflix, Dick Johnson is Dead belongs to a small but valuable group of documentaries that utilise the art of theatre and filmmaking as a means to confront close-to-unbearable subject matter.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Johnson and her father share a sense of humor, and the bond between them informs the finest moments of Dick Johnson Is Dead. Yet I can’t stop thinking about the friend crying, alone, in the church, so verklempt he forgot he was in a movie — one place where this documentary’s joyful dark humor isn’t as amusing as it should be.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Maybe Dick Johnson is Dead is the filmmaking equivalent of the band on the deck of the Titanic playing their hearts out while the water rises. If so, the movie is aware that it might be that thing, and seems content to be that thing. That's every movie, every story. When the end is preordained, you might as well make music.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Dick Johnson Is Dead is very much a film about its own making, one which repeatedly exposes its artifice.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Is this he most radical film of 2020? When film-maker Kirsten Johnson’s father developed dementia, she decided to make an unusual Netflix documentary that challenges our notions of reality.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

Dick Johnson is Dead is both a poetic act of defiance and a portrait of love at the end of a life.

Variety

Variety

press

At once a celebration and a lament, simultaneously jubilant and ineffably sad, it’s a film worth sticking around to see.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Oscillating from intimate father-daughter exchanges to surreal meta-fictional tangents, the movie lives within its riveting paradox, reflecting the queasy uncertainty surrounding its subject’s fate.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dick Johnson Is Dead is a funny, touching and, to be sure, unique film, and the Johnsons are a very fortunate father and daughter.

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