Schultze Gets the Blues Reviews

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Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 2, 2006
A film with two opposite interpretations to its title -- figuratively sad, literally joyful.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 11, 2005
A delightful oddball German comedy about a retired mine worker's musical quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 26, 2005
Like the films of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, Schultze Gets the Blues uses dry humor to extract laughs out of mundane situations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 15, 2005
Writer-director Michael Schorr's story moves with remarkable sloth.
| Original Score: 0/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 8, 2005
It's a bit of a surprise when the film ends and you realize that you've been touched in unanticipated ways by Schultze's solitary quest.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
...some predictable tearjerking that is only half-successful.
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2005
He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 6, 2005
Krause, a natural physical comic, lights up with endearingly childish glee as he joyously samples his new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 4, 2005
An uncommonly good-natured and simple film, bearing no malice, holding no agenda, desiring no undue attention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 4, 2005
When his friends send him off to America to his town's sister city of New Braunfels for Wurstfest, Schultze begins to spiral out of control.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2005
Those who are patient enough to stick it out will be charmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 27, 2005
The film's sparseness has an off-putting effect on the viewer. Schultze, the character, remains more an idea or concept than a fleshed-out human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2005
Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 25, 2005
Though it sometimes seems nothing much is happening in Schultze Gets the Blues, watching it happen to the deadpan Schultze is surprisingly enjoyable.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 25, 2005
The geriatric, Teutonic equivalent of a Jim Jarmusch film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
A delightful hodgepodge of bland and spicy fixin's and genuine pleasures and surprises that will definitely satisfy the cinematic palates of discriminating audiences.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 24, 2005
In his debut film, German writer-director Michael Schorr has crafted a deadpan and droll, yet lyrical, whale-out-of-water tale about defying peer pressure and self-limitations.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 24, 2005
Schultze's quiet determination in his musical quest gives the film an unexpected emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 23, 2005
There's a pleasant delight in the comically dour faces of these old Eastern bloc men, an appreciation of sleepy small-town life in a quaint village.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 18, 2005
Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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