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      Magical Universe

      Released Oct 31, 2014 1 hr. 18 min. Documentary List
      63% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 100+ Ratings Audience Score The life and work of Al Carbee, an 80-year-old eccentric who spends his days photographing Barbie dolls. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member I highly recommend this documentary. You can find it on Netflix. A true original, and creative genius, who deserved all the admiration he received, and much more. Strange, unique, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at once. Much of his art was destroyed after his death, when his home was seized by the bank. I truly hope more of his work still survives than what I feel has. I fear the world has lost a lot of something very unique and special. Regardless, a few glimpses of his work can be seen in this film (which you can find on Netflix). I promise you've never seen anything quite like this before. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Al Carbee was a wonderful weirdo, whose exquisite human-ness was deftly portrayed by film maker Jeremy Workman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Michael Rechtshaffen Los Angeles Times "Magical Universe" is a tender portrait of the artist as a weirdly gifted, wildly prolific and strange man. Nov 6, 2014 Full Review Nicolas Rapold New York Times While Mr. Workman evidently respects Mr. Carbee's talent, he also frames his movie as a trite narrative about a kind of lovably odd acquaintance who comes out of his shell, without many incisive ideas about shaping or broadening the material. Oct 30, 2014 Full Review Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine To varying degrees of success, it attempts to prominently display Al Carbee's creations, yet keeps undermining his art in favor of investigating his skewed relationship to everyday realities. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 30, 2014 Full Review Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve Carbee is such a benign, downright lovable presence, and so obviously tickled by the attention, that the film doesn't seem at all exploitative. Rated: 3/5 Nov 3, 2014 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International An odor of condescension and, eventually, exploitation inescapably emanates. Oct 31, 2014 Full Review Roger Moore Tribune News Service Obsessive artist, obsessed filmmaker. Worth all the obsession? Somewhat. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 28, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The life and work of Al Carbee, an 80-year-old eccentric who spends his days photographing Barbie dolls.
      Jeremy Workman
      Executive Producer
      Robert J. Lyons
      Jeremy Workman
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Wheelhouse Creative
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 31, 2014, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 7, 2017
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