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Schultze Gets the Blues Reviews

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
David Rooney
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July 22, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out New York
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 7, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

March 25, 2005
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Schultze Gets the Blues can get a little thin, but it never loses its sense of quiet, playful dignity.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 12, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The first-time feature director has a gift that will be interesting to watch. Still, his well-executed choices make Schultze at times slow going.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2005
Terry Lawson
Miami Herald
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In his first feature film, Schorr also shows a surprising confidence in his ability to sustain this joke for nearly two hours, which, like a zydeco dance party, is over before you know it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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A genuinely endearing soul, Schultze earns our admiration not because he indulges himself in a senior citizen's lark but because his journey, like our hero himself, has depths we hadn't suspected.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The writer and director, Michael Schorr, is making his first film, but has the confidence and simplicity of someone who has been making films forever.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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One of those movies where nothing whatsoever seems to happen until you look closely, at which point everything happens.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Schorr steers clear of emotion and character development, content to just putter down the river to nowhere.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Winner of the special prize for directing at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, Schorr has made an impressive debut.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Highly original, bittersweet comedy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Michael Schorr's endearing little movie gets under your skin much like the music it celebrates, delivering a lilting paean to self-expression and second chances, even while it's tinged with distinctly minor-key grace notes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 4, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Writer-director Michael Schorr has made a sweet movie that takes its time at first but soon takes you over.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 3, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Director Michael Shorr's setups are slow and static, with the action unfolding in long or medium shots. In several concert sequences, the dancers annoyingly look right at the camera.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 18, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Reminiscent of the films of Aki Kaurismaki and Jim Jarmusch, this wry, very slow German import by Michael Schorr has amusing moments but doesn't possess the droll absurdity needed to make it genuinely compelling.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A sweet and charming treat.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 18, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Simply too tedious and stretched out to be amusing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 17, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Schultze Gets the Blues rediscovers the world through the astonished eyes of a retired German salt miner on a musical pilgrimage to the United States.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 17, 2005
John Anderson
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A rough-cut wonder, a movie that evolves from Teutonic inertia into a deadpan polka, a bouquet of edelweiss tossed into the melting pot.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

February 17, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Schorr's delightfully deadpan comedy debut blew away the German box office, and once you let yourself sink into its gentle rhythms ... you'll see why.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 17, 2005
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Minimalist but not austere, brimming with compassion but devoid of schmaltz.

February 16, 2005
Edward Crouse
Village Voice
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What hints at a wacky one-note polka -- staid, retired German miner and accordion hobbyist upends his life upon hearing zydeco -- ends up an intricate, becalmed take on a soul adrift.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 15, 2005
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