Uncut - 03/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a deadpan masterclass in the proto-Jarmusch vein, with Carson excellent as the painfully serious movie buff."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"McBride's central concern is with the need to look beneath the surface of mundane reality."
A.V. Club - 08/24/2011
"DIARY plays it straight until the closing credits, no doubt fooling viewers used to '60s student and experimental films..." -- Grade: A-
A legendary independent film satire in the form of a cinema-verite diary movie. As the young filmmaker records more of his life, he understands it less. Made for only $2,500, it met with approval on the festival circuit. Director McBride went on to direct The Big Easy and The Wrong Man among others. Placed in the National Film Registry in 1991.
DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.