Beware Of Mr. Baker Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2013
An entertaining doc on the volatile but great jazz and rock drummer, the controversial London born Ginger Baker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 18, 2013
The constantly gripping film is adroitly assembled.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 17, 2013
With no preconceptions, I found this to be one of the films of the year - an extraordinary story about an even more astonishing talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
May 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 16, 2013
It's a broadly forgiving portrait of an impossible, irascible talent, who seems to have treated life much like his instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 16, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Asch
Little White Lies
May 16, 2013
An interesting character study interspersed with classic rock, jazz and Afrobeat clips. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
May 16, 2013
Entertaining documentary about the notoriously cantankerous drummer...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 16, 2013
It's all insanely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 15, 2013
Searingly honest and ultimately deeply moving, this is a fascinating portrait of notoriously antisocial former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, now 73 and still raging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
May 12, 2013
A juicy slice of rock history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 15, 2013
By turns sad and darkly comedic, but never less than mesmerizing -- a moving and morally conflicted portrait of a true questing spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
March 28, 2013
Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Charles Cross
Seattle Times
February 28, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
February 4, 2013
This straightforward yet insightful documentary pays tribute to its subject without resorting to hagiography.
Matt Pais
RedEye
January 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 25, 2013
"Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013
The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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