Critic Consensus: Flannery's filmmaking doesn't live up to its subject's classic work, but it remains a reasonably engaging introduction.
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For those who've read O'Connor and those who haven't alike, it's a strong entry point.
If there's a film or TV version of O'Connor's fiction, clips will be seen. This is distracting. The sound of a typewriter is frequently heard on the soundtrack. (O'Connor was a writer, get it?)
The documentary places its subject, partly by describing her spiritual practices, prayer book and worldview, among the great Catholic writers...
They didn't seem to want to put the complete nature of Flannery O'Connor in this film. To me, that's a fail.
There's a lot of interesting things here and yet Flannery feels incomplete, and -- worse -- a little bit scared to go in for a much deeper dive.
Explanation, the documentary proposes, is not endorsement, and definitely does not match who she was. Instead, O'Connor comes across as the kind of person who says they don't see race, will all that clumsiness that the statement involves.
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