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Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 1

Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians.



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At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (1)

It's refreshing to watch a music doc, especially one with such intimate access to its subject, in which barely anyone is unreservedly polite about the person in question.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Ginger Baker is, and was, a train wreck. Yet this film, like Baker's onstage playing, is always riveting, and something you can't look away from.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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"Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing.

January 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An entertaining doc on the volatile but great jazz and rock drummer, the controversial London born Ginger Baker.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The constantly gripping film is adroitly assembled.

May 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

With no preconceptions, I found this to be one of the films of the year - an extraordinary story about an even more astonishing talent.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Bleakly entertaining, Beware of Mr Baker neither eulogises nor patronises its subject; one day (though possibly not soon), Baker may take it upon himself to say thanks.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's a broadly forgiving portrait of an impossible, irascible talent, who seems to have treated life much like his instrument.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

We are always being told that books and movies have to have "sympathetic" lead characters - well, here's a documentary that does very well without one.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

An interesting character study interspersed with classic rock, jazz and Afrobeat clips. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Entertaining documentary about the notoriously cantankerous drummer...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

It's all insanely enjoyable.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Searingly honest and ultimately deeply moving, this is a fascinating portrait of notoriously antisocial former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, now 73 and still raging.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A juicy slice of rock history.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fascinating rockumentary that pays tribute to its subject's impressive musical odyssey, while illustrating the enormous emotional costs he's incurred along the way.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

By turns sad and darkly comedic, but never less than mesmerizing -- a moving and morally conflicted portrait of a true questing spirit.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

This straightforward yet insightful documentary pays tribute to its subject without resorting to hagiography.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

I watched Beware of Mr. Baker and longed for the time when rock was good, musicians were gods, and good god, the parties and the playing were species of their own.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye

Audience Reviews for Beware Of Mr. Baker

A really refreshing documentary. When they make a documentary of someone whose dead, they usually say nice things but can also say bad things because the dead can't defend themselves. Well Ginger Baker isn't dead (somehow) and people are pulling no punches about how they feel about him. It's not all nice. The archive of clips of him are brilliantly put together, as are the talking heads from some of the most prolific musicians of all time. Both are intertwined with some interesting animation that works most of the time. The interview with Ginger himself is the most compelling, mostly because of what he doesn't say though. There is no doubt he is the best drummer that there has ever been, I saw him a couple of years ago after my Dad had told me stories of seeing him in the 60's. My Dad saw him with me and said that he still had the same energy all these years later. Steve Winwood actually joined him onstage too which was a bit of a treat but Eric Clapton didn't because "He was going to come but he's having gallstones removed cos he's an old bastard". How do you end a documentary about the worlds most rock and roll drummer in the world? You don't, he does, by breaking the interviewer's nose. A brilliant Doc, a real must see!!
June 13, 2013

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Ginger Baker is a legendary drummer with a legendary temper.
November 15, 2013

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