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A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake

A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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A brief but haunting musical legacy is paid fittingly brief, lyrical tribute in veteran Dutch documentarian Jeroen Berkven's featurette A Skin Too Few.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's an authoritative account of a singular talent.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A short (48 minutes) and sweet tribute to the British folk singer.

May 7, 2004
New York Post
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A tender tribute to Nick Drake, the English singer-songwriter who died in 1974.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Less life story than luxuriant mood bath.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's a haunting portrait of a young man who, while genuinely gifted and loved by friends and family, couldn't cope with the world.

January 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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May tell a sad story, but it tells it with so much artistry and to such emotional effect that the film is one of those rare works that resonates long after it's over.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's a lovely tribute to an extraordinary talent whose music might have been forgotten, and you really couldn't ask for a more beautiful soundtrack.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Drake's] music and the picturesque footage of the English countryside dominate the documentary... creating an irresistible pull for Anglophiles.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

A moving testament to the power that a handful of songs continues to hold.

May 23, 2002
Reel.com

Despite being a bit flat at times and not taking us through all the highs and lows Drake experienced, the film succeeds by bringing us close to its subject, leaving us wanting more and not being afraid to be subtle.

May 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Count me in as a fan.

May 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake

For a documentary about someone who made such wonderful music, this is incredibly boring. The segues between topics were nicely done and wonderfully reflected Nick Drake's music but the rambling musings of Drake's pretentious sister really killed it for me. The commentaries made by those who worked with Drake were kind of interesting but overall this documentary kind of ruined the myth of Drake for me.
March 25, 2008
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