Praise for Mary Murphy's HEY, BOO: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
"Completely fascinating!" - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An enlightened love letter to the novel." - Lynn Peisner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Affecting ...Fascinating." - Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"With no help from the elusive, reclusive author, who hasn't given an interview since 1964, filmmaker Murphy still amazingly manages to get to the heart of the book, why it affects people of all colors, religions, social backgrounds and degrees of education, and why it remains relevant today…Well worth seeing!" - Rex Reed, New York Observer
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"Prove[s] that one of the great American novels has lasting power and might just inspire viewers to revisit their tattered copies… Murphy chose a most worthy subject!"
- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Intelligent and intriguing, and timely, too." -Emanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7
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"Offers a much appreciated glimpse into the life and legacy of the beloved author… a fitting tribute to Nelle Harper Lee, an American treasure." - Jennifer Merin, About.com Documentaries
"Provides wonderful insights into the book’s social and literary importance as well as its author’s personality." - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Compelling … Hey, Boo celebrates a novel, celebrates an imagination and, ultimately, celebrates a defining piece of Americana. It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy -- and this is one of the better ones." - Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
"Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird is spry and enjoyable—an unapologetic tribute that doesn't leave you feeling had… a stirring tribute." - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Its just what you'd hope it would be, and will mean a lot to those of us who love the book and the film. It's informative and thorough without intruding on the author's privacy. It praises but doesn't fawn. And it includes fans of the book - not only articulate celebrities such as Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey and Rosanne Cash, but also many full time writers. There's plenty about the movie version, including the reminiscences of Mary Badham, who played Scout. You'll also hear people talk about their favorite moments. Oprah Winfrey and I are moved by the same one. HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD gets an A." -Chuck Rich, Westwood One Radio Network
"As intriguing a documentary as you could ever hope to encounter… compelling!"
- Kam Williams, Newsblaze
"A spirited exploration of the life of Harper Lee and the import of her always-controversial masterpiece." - Kristy Puchko, The Film Stage
"Informative... remind(s) us that movies are part of our art heritage."
- Armond White, New York Press
"Outstanding ... magnificent in its simplicity." - Amy R. Handler, Moving Pictures Network
"Powerful!" - Prairie Miller, Newsblaze
"It’s very rare in this day and age that a film reminds us how important novels are to a society, and how they can become a part of our ledger of life. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one such novel, one that transcends generations, and the film “Hey, Boo” touchingly reminds us how special that is and in doing so, sheds much more light on Harper Lee’s life than ever before." - Film Radar
"Unearths the sweeping effect this novel has had…a studious ode to the artist."
- Clare Halpine, We Are Movie Geeks
"Truly enlightening." - Kenneth R. Morefield, 1 More Film
"A film made by a woman, about the singular impact of a book by a woman? Yes, please."
- Chloe, Feministing
"Provide[s] fascinating insight into the novel." - Basil Tsiokos, What Not To Doc
"A compelling exploration." - Best of New Orleans
"Plenty of insights for people who know the novel, not just for new fans… truly enlightening!" - Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, by Mary McDonagh Murphy explores Harper Lee’s life…Hey Boo opens in New York City and Los Angeles tonight — and I, for one, am dying to see it." - Jessica Wakeman, The Frisky
"A moving look at how one book (and its beloved film adaptation) made such a huge impact on literature and even on the American civil rights movement." - Modern Tonic
"One of the best documentaries I've seen in some time." - Carol Kaufman Segal, Stagehappenings