Dick Johnson Is Dead

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Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.

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A filmmaker and her elderly father stage his death in various ways to help them face his inevitable demise.

Cast & Crew

Kirsten Johnson
Screenwriter
Nels Bangerter
Screenwriter
Megan Ellison
Executive Producer
Nathan Fisher
Production Design
John Lavin
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Gabriella Moses
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  • For all its playfulness, it's the real, stinging, joyful, inconvenient reality of life that Dick Johnson Is Dead gives us. It's a committed act of preservation: a looping, reeling, repeatable act of love.

    October 23, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Surreal set pieces make for some of Dead's most unforgettable moments visually, but the story's biggest gift by far is the sunny, unassuming soul at its center.

    October 21, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A very moving personal essay done in a heartfelt, surreal, and funny fashion.

    October 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I won't tell you how it ends but I will say that Mark Twain would probably give it a thumbs up.

    October 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Dick Johnson Is Dead is an odd and novel film-there has never been anything like it, and it's not something that could be easily imitated by anyone else. Its tones shift gently, like the rocking of the sea.

    October 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Dick Johnson Is Dead works best when it specifically focuses on her father's death-the various, Groundhog Day-like variations and the real one coming around the bend, or his struggles with encroaching dementia.

    October 3, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Vikram Murthi

    AV Club
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