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Throw Down Your Heart Reviews

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Sophie Harris
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Jennifer Merin
About.com

Musician Bela Fleck brings the banjo back to Africa, where it originated. Overall, the music is terrific and the film's intentions are good. But less would have been more.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 16, 2009
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a journey long on affecting songs and musical passages, and short on scholarship -- and that works just fine for Fleck's intentions.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

As a record of a musical experiment, Sascha Paladino's film is a feast of stirring sounds and sights.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

July 17, 2009
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

If Fleck weren't such a gracious soul chasing the spirit of Sankofa, this could have been an exercise in exploitation of Graceland-ian proportions. But that's hardly the case on his magical musical mystery tour.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2009
Laura Bennett
Boston Globe
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Fleck is an ideal protagonist for a film about the adhesive power of music and inadequacy of speech. Even as the plot sags and he grasps clumsily for words, his fingers on the strings are almost momentum enough.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 9, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Fleck speaks more with his fingers than in conversation, and the pure musician-to-musician communications joyfully cross language barriers and instrument differences.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

May 5, 2009
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Unbegrudgingly hands itself over to the music of its chosen subjects.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B

April 30, 2009
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog

A beautiful illustration of powerlessness in the face of art.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

April 29, 2009
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Roll up, roll up, for Béla Fleck's harmonious heritage tour, satisfaction (more or less) guaranteed.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 24, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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When Ms. Sangare sings a heartbreaking lament of "a worried songbird" searching for her father, you don't need to know the language to be gripped by the force of her cry.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2009
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Fans of world music will enjoy the vibrant and spontaneous performances gathered here.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 24, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A musical adventure that follows an American banjo player to Africa where he discovers the power of music to bring people of very different cultures together.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2009
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Fleck comes across as respectfully curious and eagerly collaborative while exploring the roots of his favorite musical instrument.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 23, 2009
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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All the jams are fabulously stirring but not sappy, especially when Fleck duels with a Gambian man on a three-string akonting (forefather to the banjo), but there's nothing more to the film.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 22, 2009
Sophie Harris
Time Out New York
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While it's usually the film that's the treasure and the soundtrack album that makes a nice afterthought, both the documentary and the disc of Throw Down Your Heart justify their existence independently -- and rather beautifully.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

April 22, 2009
Timothy Finn
Kansas City Star

It reminds us that, in some of the most remote places in the world, people make beautiful music not as a means to fame and fortune but for a daily source of love and nourishment, like family, food and prayer.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 10, 2009
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

There's tragedy lurking behind every story, but also a necessity that transforms mere histories into something sacred.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2009
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an entertaining journey, and director Sascha Paladino injects humor and pathos into the musical sequences.

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

March 13, 2009
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
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