Wild Man Blues Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 16, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Rooney
October 16, 2007
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
There's only one certain conclusion: Woody Allen finds it terrifically uncomfortable being Woody Allen.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2007
It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Craftsmanship and wit are as present here as in [director Barbara Kopple's] more socially-minded, dramatic work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody.
| Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
August 9, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
This is a very fine film, especially for film buffs and fans of Woody Allen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Here's hoping [Kopple] returns to more involving material now that the vacation is over.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
What may surprise Woody's fans is that he is rarely funny in person and sometimes surprisingly inarticulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
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...
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
There is a quiet agenda here of keeping the personal relationship visible, natural, and low keyed.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
No less than Madonna's Truth or Dare, Wild Man Blues proves the degree to which stars make a fiction of objectivity.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Guy MacPherson
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
If you're a fan of Woody Allen, or jazz music, this film a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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