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88
Boston Globe
Earnhart's fundamental compassion toward his subjects elevates a riveting work that feels like a hybrid of ''Crumb'' and ''Nashville,'' with maybe a side of ''King of the Hill'' tossed on the barbecue.
75
As deliciously eccentric as the real-life characters it chronicles.
70
New Times (L.A.)
Stephen Earnhart's documentary lovingly covers the process -- veering between pathos, inspiration and mockery
70
Chicago Reader
Only the epilogue, a happy ending tacked on to counter the cascading disappointments, seems contrived.
70
This is as powerful a set of evidence as you'll ever find of why art matters, and how it can resonate far beyond museum walls and through to the most painfully marginal lives.
70
It might be tempting to regard Mr. Andrew and his collaborators as oddballs, but Mr. Earnhart's quizzical, charming movie allows us to see them, finally, as artists.
63
Chicago Tribune
There's nothing more uplifting than a documentary that celebrates a man's capacity to dream, and nothing more depressing than one that mocks those dreams. Stephen Earnhart's Mule Skinner Blues walks the razor's edge between these approaches.
63
New York Post
Very funny. It's also heartbreakingly sad.
60
Village Voice
Earnhart's auteurs are better adjusted, integrating their art into the daily routine of their (equally fucked-up) lives.
50
The A.V. Club
Comes uncomfortably close to mocking these unlikely filmmakers, raising questions about its director's intentions and his respect for the subjects' humanity.

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