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2014 4.0/5 IMDb 7.3/10 (1.5k) NR SuperHD 101 minutes

This documentary spotlights TV writer and producer Dan Harmon, best known for NBC's "Community," as he takes his podcast on a cross-country tour.

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Dan Harmon Directed by Neil Berkeley

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NYT Review: Inside a Comedy Tour

Neil Berkeley’s documentary “Harmontown” embraces the cult of personality surrounding Dan Harmon, who created the NBC sitcom “Community.” — Nicolas Rapold Read the review

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[This] kind of honesty is the difference between sitcoms like Community and 30 Rock, which can be clever and amusing, and a truly brilliant, risk-taking show like Louie, which can be either hilariously funny or mortally depressing.

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-10-30

 

It's in the exploration of how "Community" fandom formed its own distinctive community of outcasts that the film excels, finally making sense of the show's cult popularity by diving into that cult and crowdsurfing on it.

Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2014-10-30

 

Harmon states at one point in the film that he just wants to be "the guy who makes people happy." This documentary does just that.

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times, 2014-10-16

 

Berkeley's impartiality frees the director to include some of the writer's unpleasant moments on the tour.

Chris Packham, Village Voice, 2014-10-07

 

Harmontown is a documentary about being stuck on a bus with genius comedy writer Dan Harmon and all of his psychological baggage during the period after May 2012, when Sony Studios fired him from his cult-favorite NBC sitcom, Community.

Chris Packham, L.A. Weekly, 2014-10-06

 

By turns aptly amusing, poignant, indulgent and discomfiting.

Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2014-10-06

 

The result will play very well with the cult of fans who've improbably kept Community alive.

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-10-06

 

A field report from the frontlines of an all-access culture in which creativity fuels honesty and connection, and vice versa.

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2014-10-02

 

There's no arguing that we're watching an elaborate work of self-promotion. But director Berkeley is wise enough to look past Harmon ...

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2014-10-02

 

Harmontown reveals a man who never seems far from a bleak cliff, and though it tries to present bright, joyous moments in his life, they're nearly always fleeting.

Josh Modell, AV Club, 2014-10-02

 

The final 20 minutes are the strongest, when Harmon comes to some realizations about his behavior. Unless you're the biggest of fans, you may find yourself wishing that the film had reached this point earlier.

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-10-16

 

Repeated praise of Mr. Harmon's nerdy fan base keeps emphasizing how appreciative its members are for his shining a light. Little splurts from an ingratiating score nudge us along.

Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2014-10-09