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I'll Sing for You Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

A gentle portrait of a musician whose music provides a bridge from Africa to America.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Features not one word of comment from its subject, but it does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.

July 6, 2004

E! Online

Though Traoré never talks directly on camera, he speaks volumes through numerous bluesy tunes he performs for the film.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

June 11, 2004
Kent Turner

KarKar's performance is intimate, the film is not.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 4, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 4, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This graceful portrait of the great Malian singer and guitarist Boubacar Traore is also as a fascinating snapshot of Mali in the decades following the west African nation's independence from France in 1960.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 4, 2004
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

The final product feels frustratingly incomplete.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 4, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Jacques Sarasin's documentary blends the history of post-colonial Mali with the life of one of its most popular musicians, the guitarist and singer Boubacar KarKar Traor.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2004
Gene Seymour
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A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 2, 2004
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Meandering and disappointing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 2, 2004
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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The reverent pacing lags a bit, but the film's meditation on the struggle to find spirituality that reconciles Islam with tribal belief systems is powerful in its understatement.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 1, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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For fans of African music, Sing is a rich archeological dig; for newcomers with open ears, it might be a revelation.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

We rarely hear from KarKar outside of his songs, and it's hard to conclude the most basic facts about the fame he lost.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It never really feels like we've gotten to know the man himself, leaving the figure at the heart of I'll Sing for You a cipher.

March 26, 2004
Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
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Kar Kar's singing is wonderfully expressive, and an improvised song to his wife at her grave site demonstrates the emotional wellspring of his music.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 16, 2004
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 4, 2004
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