I'll Sing for You Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
A gentle portrait of a musician whose music provides a bridge from Africa to America.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2004
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.

E! Online
June 11, 2004
Though Traoré never talks directly on camera, he speaks volumes through numerous bluesy tunes he performs for the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 4, 2004
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 4, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
June 3, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 3, 2004
A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 1, 2004
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 30, 2004
For fans of African music, Sing is a rich archeological dig; for newcomers with open ears, it might be a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
March 16, 2004
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.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 4, 2004
KarKar's performance is intimate, the film is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
June 4, 2004
The final product feels frustratingly incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 2, 2004
One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
June 2, 2004
Meandering and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
April 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2004
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.

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