Beware Of Mr. Baker Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2013
Bulger tries, unconvincingly, to paint Baker as a difficult but admirable rebel. The lingering question in the documentary is whether his musical accomplishments were worth the trail of damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
November 26, 2012
Jay Bulger's seemingly erratic doc formally channels Ginger Baker's almost defiant refusal to lead a life that adheres to a linear narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 13, 2012
A bizarre and irreverent if slightly repetitive portrait of picaresque drum legend Ginger Baker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 11, 2013
The madman of rock drumming hasn't mellowed. Or croaked. That's two miracles attached to Ginger Baker's name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2012
Wild, funny and richly textured audio-visual treat of a film ... Appealing to some for the same reasons other foul-mouthed, curmudgeonly subjects make for entertaining docs
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2013
This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 17, 2012
Lots of surprises and unusual brio. . . in sorting out decades of stories and confusing points of view [with] visual documentation. Very entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
March 16, 2012
It's not easy to get past the shield of celebrity, and it's even harder to get past a persona as permanently entrenched as this one to see something genuine and unguarded, and that's what we get here.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
January 24, 2013
Although it hits many of the same notes as other recent musical docs, Beware of Mr. Baker nevertheless does a satisfactory job of capturing a restless personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2013
Even if you have no special interest in Baker's music, he's a compelling and witty subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
May 16, 2013
Entertaining documentary about the notoriously cantankerous drummer...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 30, 2012
If Clapton was God, guess who was the devil?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 15, 2012
Exceptional. Jay Bulger's warts-and-all documentary about one of the world's most enigmatic drummers is as vibrant as its musically prodigious subject.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 17, 2013
It gives Baker his musical props while at the same time demonstrating the film's title is no exaggeration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 16, 2013
It's all insanely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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
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