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Wild Man Blues (1998)

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90

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Barbara KoppleŐs entertaining and occasionally illuminating documentary about Woody AllenŐs 1995 jazz band tour of Europe divides its time between the concert commitments and the quiet times with Allen and future wife Soon-Yi Previn.

Nov 3, 1998

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (5)

Kopple's discreet, quietly revelatory style creates a fine balance between public and private personae that veers more pointedly toward the personal in an incongruous but fascinating coda.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[Kopple's] made a greatly enjoyable film, but you can't help wondering if she's fallen under her subject's spell.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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The subject is Woody Allen, but anyone interested in his career as a writer, stand-up comedian, actor or filmmaker will learn little from Barbara Kopple's new documentary.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's only one certain conclusion: Woody Allen finds it terrifically uncomfortable being Woody Allen.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Not quite the type of political punchiness one would expect from Kopple, but it does answer a lot of questions about Allen who obviously had a strong hand in the film's compilation.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Craftsmanship and wit are as present here as in [director Barbara Kopple's] more socially-minded, dramatic work.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody.

December 19, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An interesting documentary covering a tour of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz band. If you enjoy the music, or are a fan of all things Woody, then you should give this one a rental. Others probably wouldn't enjoy it.

August 9, 2002
Countingdown.com

This is a very fine film, especially for film buffs and fans of Woody Allen.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Here's hoping [Kopple] returns to more involving material now that the vacation is over.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

What may surprise Woody's fans is that he is rarely funny in person and sometimes surprisingly inarticulate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

One of the main strengths of the film is, though, is in its moments that it happens to capture, and those other big things that it shows us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Every once in a while Allen slips a bit, revealing a more sarcastic and slightly nastier person than we're used to... In these moments, 'Wild Man Blues' is genuinely fascinating...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

There is a quiet agenda here of keeping the personal relationship visible, natural, and low keyed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

No less than Madonna's Truth or Dare, Wild Man Blues proves the degree to which stars make a fiction of objectivity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

It is a most relaxed and enjoyable look at the neurotic comic, who appears to be no different in this documentary from the way he is in his films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you're a fan of Woody Allen, or jazz music, this film a must-see.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Wild Man Blues

It's great to see Woody in his natural habitat - his neurotic tendencies, his anxiety, and most particularly, his love for Soon-Yi. She's a lot smarter and prettier and nicer and more talkative than I envisioned her. I totally get why this film was made, but it doesn't seem like a PR stunt. It seems to genuinely want to answer some hidden question.
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