Tom Dowd and the Language of Music Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A must see for any fan of popular music from the latter half of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 17, 2004
The film's high points are to be found in tremendous archival footage.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 15, 2004
This highly enjoyable documentary makes sure that Dowd's contribution to the music business will not be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 14, 2004
If nothing else, you'll earn a new appreciation for the way music is produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 13, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 13, 2004
Affable and hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2004
A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
August 13, 2004
Visually appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 13, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steve Morse
Boston Globe
August 13, 2004
As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 13, 2004
Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 13, 2004
A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius.
| Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
August 13, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 13, 2004
Shows firsthand the appreciation and warmth from the musicians who worked with him.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 13, 2004
How quaint: the idea of an artist who makes other artists better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 12, 2004
It fails ... to deliver a balanced portrait of the man's life and work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2004
If you care about the popular music of the last 50 years, this is a documentary you'll want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 12, 2004
Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often fascinating and revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 12, 2004
Includes many fascinating anecdotes about the creation of some of the most famous modern rock and soul recordings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Piccoli
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2004
As affectionate and energetic as its subject.
| Original Score: 3/4
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