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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing.
The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.
This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.
"Beware of Mr. Baker" argues that when an artist consistently delivers amazement, broken beaks and busted relationships are a fair price to pay.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It gives Baker his musical props while at the same time demonstrating the film's title is no exaggeration.
Any movie that starts with the subject assaulting the director (Baker smacks plucky first-timer Jay Bulger squarely in the face with his cane) is already ahead of the game.
If Clapton was God, guess who was the devil?
Miserable individuals do tend to make for interesting subject matter, and this would be far more of a dry biography without its willfully eccentric lead.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie salutes the rhythms and the wreckage.
| Original Score: B+
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.
You'll love the idea that someone like this deserves a movie, but with the whole of heavy metal in his debt, the honor is merited and handled with honesty.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mr. Bulger ... does not let "Behind the Music" sensationalism overwhelm the music itself, which is Mr. Baker's great passion and the only reason anyone should take an interest in him.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.
Colorful, loud doc digs into the peculiar life of one of rock's most bombastic drummers.