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Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2003)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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Independent filmmaker Mark Moormann directs the feature-length documentary Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Shot on color and black-and-white16 mm film stock, the biography is a personal portrait of legendary recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd. The man himself is featured in a series of interviews from 1996 (the year he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) until 2002 (the year of his death). Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, he

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Affable and hugely entertaining.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Visually appealing.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius.

August 13, 2004
New York Post
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A must see for any fan of popular music from the latter half of the 20th century.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The film's high points are to be found in tremendous archival footage.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

This highly enjoyable documentary makes sure that Dowd's contribution to the music business will not be forgotten.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If nothing else, you'll earn a new appreciation for the way music is produced.

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life, a gentleman and a scholar who loved music, loved musicians and loved making them sound their best.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film is full of artists' stories and testimonials from both the old and new schools of the music industry. But it is the delightfully charming Dowd that makes the movie. He's a hoot, and a legendary one at that.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A movie that overcomes a somewhat superficial approach and patchwork assembly through the sheer force of its subject. And the music ain't bad, either.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

How quaint: the idea of an artist who makes other artists better.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It fails ... to deliver a balanced portrait of the man's life and work.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often fascinating and revealing.

August 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

As affectionate and energetic as its subject.

August 12, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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great subject - decent movie
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