"Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father"has received an overwhelming amount of acclaim. In addition to making the National Board of Review's top six documentary films list, it has gotten praise from reviewers across the country. Here is a sampling of what the critics are saying about the film, which premieres on MSNBC on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. ET.
"It’s near impossible not to work myself up into a hyperbolic frenzy when I discuss Dear Zachary. All the adjectives, rankings and exclamation points apply without fear of challenge or reprisal and there’s no other way to say it – Dear Zachary is one of the best documentaries you will see and it may actually be the best that I’ve EVER seen."
-Erik Childress, efilmcritic.com
"Rarely have I been reduced to a raw nerve by a film. There isn’t one false emotion in Dear Zachary, no moment of doubt. Equal parts horror and epiphany, it is a masterpiece that draws its power from the best and worst within us." - Ray Young, Flickhead.net
"The amount of honest love in this movie is overwhelming... Dear Zachary is a powerful film that will inspire you in so many different ways." - Muldoon, Ain't It Cool News
"This is the purest, most intensely raw film I have ever seen of any kind, dramatic or nonfiction… If nothing else is accomplished with this film, it will absolutely attach you to the too-short life that was Andrew Bagby's, and you're going to be sad that you didn't get a chance to know him - but glad all the same that you know ABOUT him now." - Mr. Winston, Ain't It Cool News
"Dear Zachary is a knockout. It's a tour de force of editing, and the music is amazing. It's incredibly affecting...watch for it as a serious contender when 2008 Oscar nominees are announced for best documentary." - Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News
"One of the best documentaries I have ever seen in my entire life... a film that will rock you to your core. You will cry. You will hurt – and this film will sit with you for days, weeks, months. But you will come away believing in people." - Erik Davis, Cinematical.com
"Kuenne is able to capture the true nature of love and dedication in a way I have never seen. This is without a doubt one of the most profound, touching and moving films I have ever watched." - Ken Evans, firstshowing.net
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