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Film Review: ‘Dear Mr. Watterson’
 (From Variety - Film News. 5 December 2013, 12:33 PM, PST)

Best of Toronto: Variety Critics Look Past the Oscar Hype
 (From Variety - Film News. 16 September 2013, 2:07 PM, PDT)

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Directed by
Mark Moskowitz 
 
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Mark Moskowitz 

Produced by
Robert M. Goodman .... producer
Mark Moskowitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Mandrell 
 
Cinematography by
Jeff Confer 
Mark Moskowitz 
Joe Vandergast  (as Joseph Vandergast)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Moskowitz 
Kathleen Soulliere 
 
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John D. Gooch .... sound mixer
Richard Kane .... sound recordist
Jim Machowski .... sound recordist
David J. Marks .... sound mixer
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist
 
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Joe Meccariello .... camera operator
 
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Andy Williams .... colorist
 
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Jennifer Fox .... consultant
Alexander Murphy Jr. .... legal services
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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127 min
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Enjoy it for what it is., 19 April 2004

It seems those few critics and IMDB (and Amazon) reviewers who criticized it--occasionally while still giving it a favorable mark--are intent on complaining about what the movie ISN'T rather than what it is. Sure, the fictionalized shots of guys getting the book in the mail, etc., violate The Great Ethics of Documentary Films brought down from Sinai by Moses. (You know, Thou Shalt Not Recreate). And, yes, he does meander a bit and delay the pay off, but...so what?

This is more a conversation about books than a movie in any conventional sense. Complaints that some many interviews don't move him towards the goal of finding Dow Mossman miss the point that the interviews are themselves interesting conversations about the love of good books. Visiting Sealy (the NY Times reviewer who inspired him to read the book) doesn't solve anything--but who wouldn't want to hang around with him a couple of days discussing great reads? Of course, when he finds Dow, what do they do? They immediately talk about books! Love of books permeates everything here, most poignantly and surprisingly in the clearly emotional response the agent Carl Brandt has to being reminded of what he considers a great book and reflecting on a missed career.

Let's put it this way: if you love books, if you love talking about novels, if you get a thrill of excitement when you over hear a conversation about a book you love, then you will enjoy The Stone Reader. It is not conventionally well made, but thank heavens for that. It could be "better", but I doubt it could be more enjoyable.

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