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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco (2002)

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88

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 7

Besides being a treat for Wilco fans, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart also exposes the workings of a profit-driven music industry.

83

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 4

Besides being a treat for Wilco fans, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart also exposes the workings of a profit-driven music industry.

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A chronicle which follows alternative-country-turned-rock-band Wilco's recording of their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (the album was released to critical acclaim by Nonesuch Records). Initially intended to follow the collaborative process of this handful of very creative artists making a highly anticipated album, director Sam Jones soon had unexpected human drama and corporate intrigue to contend with when the band started breaking apart and their now-acclaimed new album was rejected by

Apr 1, 2003

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Is there enough material to merit a documentary on the making of Wilco's last album?

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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If you aren't already a fan of Wilco, a critical darling led by the talented and wily songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the film does little to enlighten or recruit.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Woven together handsomely, recalling sixties' rockumentary milestones from Lonely Boy to Don't Look Back.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film doesn't show enough of the creative process or even of what was created for the non-fan to figure out what makes Wilco a big deal.

October 17, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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It is an often overlooked gem of a movie, chronicling the creative process of making a personal record in more detail than has even been seen. Also, the film is helped tremendously by some great music from Wilco, and a ironic, triumphant twist of real-lif

October 1, 2005
Scene-Stealers.com

Fortunately for Wilco, who have a passion for excellence, creative freedom, and innovation, Jones's camera recorded footage at the scene of a crime against art.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Even if you have never heard a Wilco album, the film is a great introduction to the band's music and the pain that goes into making it.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

An interesting look behind the scenes of Chicago-based rock group Wilco...

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man's art, it's priceless.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

More about the alchemical nature of movies than the band or their music, the picture is among the very best of the year.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

While I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is full of strong performances, Jones' film is less about the music than it is about the music business.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

Not only does this musical documentary showcase a band that's at the top of its form ... it also serves as indictment of the ridiculously shallow, pre-fab music industry in general.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The recording session is the only part of the film that is enlightening -- and how appreciative you are of this depends on your level of fandom.

October 25, 2002
Jam! Movies

Jones gives the faithful a surprisingly intimate portrait of the guardedly vulnerable Tweedy, along with a wealth of potent performance footage that captures Wilco in all its battered and unbowed glory.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

By candidly detailing the politics involved in the creation of an extraordinary piece of music, [Jones] calls our attention to the inherent conflict between commerce and creativity.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It's a very tasteful rock and roll movie. You could put it on a coffee table anywhere.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

What should have been an entertaining cinematic souvenir solely for Wilco fans ended up becoming a smart, involving, and occasionally infuriating film

September 25, 2002 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Required viewing for fans of the band, but I didn't know anything about Wilco and I was amused and entertained by their story.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Audience Reviews for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco

Wilco are one of the greatest bands on Earth and this documentary film of the making of their masterpiece, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", is a fascinating glimpse at record company machination vs the creation of art.
September 21, 2007
harrycaul

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A drama cleverly disguised as a band documentary.
October 25, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Not a fan of the band films but I really take my hat off to Wilco for their attempts to bring back Woody Guthrie into the mainstream. As a result, I really got into the storyline here and enjoyed it.
February 3, 2010
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