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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 23

A moving, if somewhat uneven, look at the legendary singer-songwriter, I'm Your Man treats Cohen's body of work with the reverence it deserves.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

A moving, if somewhat uneven, look at the legendary singer-songwriter, I'm Your Man treats Cohen's body of work with the reverence it deserves.

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Leonard Cohen is widely regarded as one of the finest and most influential poets and songwriters of his generation, a writer whose artful mélange of love, eros, and despair has earned him a passionate international following and the respect and admiration of artists ranging from R.E.M. to Johnny Cash. In 2005, music producer Hal Wilner staged an all-star tribute concert in Australia in which a handful of major artists offered their interpretations of Cohen's songs, including Nick Cave, Jarvis

Nov 14, 2006

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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (23) | DVD (9)

At various times poet, consort of beautiful women and Zen monk, his biog's intriguing too, all of which makes this doc highly welcome, even if it's at best a partial view.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's not a deep documentary. We learn precious little about the real man underneath his sharp-dressed pose.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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I'm Your Man may be as close as we'll ever get to Cohen on film.

July 28, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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I'm Your Man never quite gets its man in a coherent frame, but for all its zigs and zags outside the lines, the portrait of Cohen that emerges is a fascinating one.

July 20, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
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An odd but enjoyable concoction of biography, music commentary and concert.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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You know it has to be coming, but when it does, 'Suzanne' almost stops time with its prayerful beauty.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Filmmaker Lian Lunson uses a 2005 Sydney tribute concert to Leonard Cohen as a home base for her relatively shallow examination of the best folk singer to slit your wrists to.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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They really dropped the ball on this one - despite unfettered access to L.C. himself, you get a rambling interview interspersed with what for the most part are poor cover versions of the man's songs.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Fans of his poetry-like songs whose lyrics conjure imagery of his thoughts and experiences, will revel in this emotion and music-filled tribute.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Hit and miss tribute to the great melancholist.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Cohen is clearly a songwriter's songwriter, and the resulting movie brims with an infectious passion for the man's melodies and sardonic wit. Unfortunately, the performances are interspersed with interview footage that is much less captivating.

November 28, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

A mixed bag of interviews and musical tribute concert performances that range from great to awful.

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The fact is, any Leonard Cohen documentary automatically risks inelegance by contrast to its subject's artistic example. But here's the flip side of that coin: Cohen is so good that even an untimely, mediocre movie about him... resonate[s].

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Cohen fans -- myself included -- will leave the film's interviews wanting more insight. Moviegoers unfamiliar with Cohen's long career will wonder why he warrants gushing testimonials from U2's Bono.

September 8, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Despite the missteps during takeoff and landing, the film does prove to be an engaging and beguiling journey with a true original.

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The proof of Cohen's genius is in the music, and Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man drives that genius home with virtually every stanza.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Though a minor documentary and poorly filmed, there's still enough of the wordsmith's music to get over the mess.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

First-time filmmaker Lian Lunson has struck the mother lode here.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Even if Cohen is your man, is this your movie? ... Despite Lunson's reverent efforts, I'm Your Man isn't The Last Waltz.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A moving tribute to this legendary artist's life and career.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film comes to life when Cohen is on screen.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Loves the Leonard but the movie just weren't all that. Dominated by ho-hum guest artist concert footage.
February 7, 2009
brooklynspo

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This documentary on Leonard Cohen is a very good analysis of who this singer/songwriter/poet really is. It showcases many great performances of Cohen's songs by many of today's alternative artists. Some highlights include "If It Be Your Will" by Antony and "Halleluijah" by Rufus and Martha Wainwright; as well as a rendition of "I'm Your Man" at the end of the movie by Leonard Cohen himself (accompanied by U2.) Watch if you like great songwriting and the man behind a great song.
July 7, 2006
flickfever

Super Reviewer

Fantastic music, though I was expecting more of an emphasis on the music/concert than on Cohen (they interrupted every song with interviews; I wish they could have been separate). Also, there was no sign of Teddy Thompson performing The Future, even though it's on the CD...
November 9, 2008
merillupin

Super Reviewer

Sure, these musicians love the guy, but why and how exactly is he a legend?
December 7, 2006
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