Critic Consensus: Harmontown offers a look at an artist grappling with his own flaws -- as well as some interesting insights about the nature of hardcore fandom in the internet age.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Harmontown
Harmontown is a good tale of connections among lonely folks across the States who are linked through the podcast of Dan Harmon. It is touching but one gets the sense that there are better documentary subjects out there.
Dan Harmon may be one of the most eccentric, talented, crazed creators working today, evident from the large and extensive body of work on display in this documentary. The film follows a tour that Harmon embarks on with his co-hosts, from his podcast, Harmontown. Along the way they meet fans, talk out issues, and revel in general merriment. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/new-blog-1/2015/3/26/harmontown
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