Pick a random title Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

2008 4.3/5 IMDb 8.6/10 (21k) NR SuperHD 93 minutes

Kurt Kuenne's tribute to his murdered friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle won by Bagby's ex-girlfriend and accused killer.

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Kurt Kuenne, Dr. Andrew Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, David Bagby, Dr. Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner Directed by Kurt Kuenne

Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs

Language: English

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NYT Review: A Provocative Story of Loss

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 Read the review

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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