Ornette: Made in America Reviews

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 14, 2015
Though Ornette: Made in America is hardly a straight-up biographical doc ... it's the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 6, 2015
Shirley Clarke's 1985 documentary about the seminal jazz innovator Ornette Coleman joins an impressionistic portrait of the musician with an informative overview of his life, work, and ideas.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2012
[A] fascinating, maddening, one-of-a-kind film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2012
Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 27, 2012
A funky tribute to the great saxophonist.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
March 27, 2012
A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
This ambitious and affectionate effort to capture an elusive subject is undoubtedly worth a look.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
[A] disappointing muddle of concert footage, unfocused interviews, dated psychedelia, and indifferently staged dramatic scenes centered on jazz great Ornette Coleman.