20,000 Days on Earth (2014)



Critic Consensus: Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan.

Movie Info

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. (c) Drafthouse

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2014
Drafthouse Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for 20,000 Days on Earth

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (21)

"Something happens onstage," Cave says, "where you forget who you are and become someone else." As much as any documentary can, 20,000 Days on Earth allows us to bear witness to what goes on in that process.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The title refers to the fact that the day chronicled is ostensibly Cave's 20,000th alive, though the movie is so slowly paced that 20,000 days seems more like the running time.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An intelligent and revealing look at one of rock's last true iconoclasts.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

You don't just meet and learn about Nick Cave in "20,000 Days," you feel him.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

Singular exercise in self-indulgence, introspection and tongue-in-cheekiness by the solemn and magnetic Cave.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
Top Critic

You might come away wishing he'd remained a bit more enigmatic. Then again, that morose rascal is probably just having us on.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 20,000 Days on Earth


This revealing, funny and well edited film is a must-see for fans of Nick Cave and for all those who would like to take an intimate look into an artist's creative process and motivation, even if the charm wears off fast and the doc is also stuffed with a tad too many concert scenes.

Carlos Magalhćes

Super Reviewer


Essentially Nick Cave having a ninety minute wank.
But if anybody deserves to have a movie made about themselves masturbating into the camera, It's Nick Cave.

Gimly Monocle
Gimly Monocle

Super Reviewer

Nick Cave often produces music or books that end up being complete rubbish but you have to give him credit for trying and sometimes he succeeds in very interesting ways. Thankfully not a typical doc, this is a unique and fascinating look back at one man's life.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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