My Name Is Albert Ayler - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

My Name Is Albert Ayler Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 2, 2008
The story of his [subject Albert Ayler's] troubled life and premature death is engrossing without prior knowledge of his place in the history of experimental jazz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 13, 2008
Collin gives us a valuable look at the difference between the open-minded European jazz scene and an American culture that relegated artists like Ayler to second-class citizenship.
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Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2008
well-researched documentary is an impressionistic portrait of a man whose ecstatic braying tenor sax still sounds fresh.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
March 13, 2008
Smart and savvy doc
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Phil Gallo
March 5, 2008
Brings a sense of logic and humanity to a man whose music was as unsettling as it was untethered to the tenets of jazz.
Prairie Miller
March 1, 2008
An affectionate and compassionate screen poem, incorporating reminiscences with Ayler's music and his musings gleaned from interviews, and also an excursion into the past to connect to a sense of the times that informed his existence.
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Tayt Harlin
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 8, 2008
Illuminates Ayler's aesthetic of pure sense experience.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 7, 2008
A cause for rejoicing.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
November 28, 2007
You don't have to like or even appreciate Ayler's striking brand of music to be moved by this heartfelt tribute.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
November 8, 2007
The Ohio-born tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler probably would have gotten a kick out of Kasper Collin's documentary about his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
November 8, 2007
Kasper Collin's film portrays a confident but troubled man, who never doubted that posterity would discover him, and consoled himself that prominent American composer Charles Ives had to work a day job.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 7, 2007
Collin's melancholy, beautiful feature debut does more than just chronicle this undervalued musician; it brings Ayler and his message of spiritual unity back to life.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
February 9, 2007
A loving and elegantly crafted documentary that charts the saxophonist's commitment to his art, often in the face of dire poverty, family illness, and neglect by American audiences.
Andrew Pulver
February 9, 2007
Affecting, if rather esoteric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2007
Working wonders with limited source material, Collin's moving tribute proves the power of simple storytelling and understatement while helping us hear Ayler's extraordinary music with fresh ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kerstan Mackness
Time Out
February 9, 2007
A tender and slightly unsettling love letter to iconic avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.
Matt McNally
February 9, 2007
An interesting history of a leading figure in an important American artform.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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