• Unrated, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:    Shirley Clarke
  • In Theaters:    Aug 31, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:   
  • Milestone Pictures

Ornette: Made in America Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 10, 2012

It's significant that Coleman tells Clarke's cameras that he thought of being an architect or 'brain specialist' before becoming a musician; as a jazz composer, instrumentalist and bandleader, he achieved all his goals.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 31, 2012

Heeding Louis Armstrong's 'if you gotta ask you'll never know,' this film does not attempt the impossibility of explicating the difficult music, on which you groove or you don't.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
August 31, 2012

[A] fascinating, maddening, one-of-a-kind film.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
August 30, 2012

Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 28, 2012

Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2012

Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hoffman
Badass Digest
August 24, 2012

Ornette: Made in America is a look at a groundbreaking artist by a groundbreaking artist.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

A funky tribute to the great saxophonist.

Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

For the sight and sound of the man in action (including some fine archive footage from the early '70s), it's essential viewing for any jazz aficionado.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

This ambitious and affectionate effort to capture an elusive subject is undoubtedly worth a look.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 27, 2012

[A] disappointing muddle of concert footage, unfocused interviews, dated psychedelia, and indifferently staged dramatic scenes centered on jazz great Ornette Coleman.

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