Just take our advice and bring tissues. You're going to need them.
Hank Sartin, Time Out, 2008-11-25
A slick account of ancient crevices in the human psyche rendered in cutting-edge cinematic style.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 2008-11-20
An undeniably shattering story, if forgivably shaky in its impassioned, therapeutic unfolding.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2008-11-07
Dear Zachary earns its right to engage us on a primal level, but it comes on the heels of so many films that don't, movies that...prey on modern fears and inflate third-rate material to the plane of tragedy.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2008-11-03
A four-handkerchief documentary if there ever was one.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2008-10-31
It is impossible not to be fired up by Kurt Kuenne's incendiary cri de coeur, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2008-10-31
A true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year.
Martin Tsai, Village Voice, 2008-10-29
The facts are so awful that Dear Zachary can be forgiven much of its antsiness -- as a memorial, as a condolence to Bagby's parents (who became activists for judicial reform in their late son's honor), and as a howl of grief.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 2008-10-29
An agile, dizzyingly thorough tear-wringer that's equal parts memorial, crime drama and legal-reform tract, Dear Zachary handily trumps Capturing the Friedmans as the most searingly personal doc of the past half decade.
Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York, 2008-10-29
What begins as a poignant tribute to filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's dead best friend snowballs into a gut-wrenching true-crime story.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2008-03-05