Press Reviews and Comments

“A Very Lyrical, Haunting Film”


“Absorbing and unnerving… Real life and real death, this haunting film documentary suggests, have no time or use for arbitrary exoticism. And real filmmaking as this year’s Sundance standouts demonstrate, has no need.”
Entertainment Weekly – Lisa Schwarzbaum

“Altogether mesmerizing”
Los Angeles Times – Kevin Thomas

“Images are so stark and unprecedented… Hadaegh and Babcock’s steady gaze pays its own considerable, if esoteric, dividends.”
Variety – Todd McCarthy

“Excellent… You may not want to hold these images in your memory bank, but they’ll be hard to shake.”
Hollywood Reporter – Irv Letofsky

“Intriguing… The fact that this bleak process is looked at so dispassionately adds to the film’s power.”
UK Guardian – Derek Malcolm

“Filmmakers Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh somehow infuse their documentary with dignity and a touching lyricism.”
Associated Press – Frazier Moore

**** (four stars)
Film Threat

“Remarkable… Ultimately, A Certain Kind of Death poses the question: what is a body? Is that all there is to us?”
Senses of Cinema – Berenice Reynaud

“Unsparing and unironic… fascinating”
LA Weekly – Scott Foundas

“Terrible, revealing poignancy… This is a quietly great movie”
San Francisco Bay Guardian – Dennis Harvey

“Quietly, grimly compelling”
Los Angeles Daily News – David Kronke

“Extraordinary documentary… Babcock and Hadaegh’s cameras maintain an Errol Morris-like poise and artfulness that lends an air of respect and grace to the proceedings, even when staring down a decomposing nude body.”
Baltimore City Paper – Lee Gardner

“Fans of HBO’s Six Feet Under should get a kick out of this thorough and engrossing look at all the folks who don’t end up at Chez Fisher.”
Austin Chronicle – Marc Savlov

“I couldn’t take my eyes off of this documentary… compelling”
Kansas City Star – Aaron Barnhart

“An existential manual for facing mortality”
Philadelphia City Paper – Elisa Ludwig

“A powerful documentary about how our society treats its dead; the film finds moments of astounding poignance in the abjection of these men’s circumstances.”
Atlanta Creative Loafing – Felicia Feaster