The optimism and good humor of John Lavin’s crude, endearing documentary “Hollywood to Dollywood” are so unquenchable that its disturbing underlying theme — growing up gay in the South is no picnic — is partly obscured by its openheartedness.
-The New York Times
Hollywood to Dollywood overcomes its thematic limitations with an endearing, casual charm that only the most curmudgeonly could fully resist. Especially since the film also features excerpts from many of Parton’s classic recordings.
-The Hollywood Reporter
As directed by John Lavin, "Hollywood" unspools as the kind of agreeable home movie you might make if Dolly Parton were a part of your spiritual family...If you ever doubted that Parton was a force to be reckoned with, this film will ease your mind...Amiable and upbeat...
-The Los Angeles Times
Like many documentaries, Hollywood to Dollywood starts out being about one thing and ends up being about something entirely different, and therein lies both the appeal and minor irritation of this downhome cross-country tale of gay dreams, family acceptance and Dolly Parton.
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