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Wild Man Blues Reviews

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Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2008
David Rooney
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 16, 2007


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

Full Review Source: Film4

October 16, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 16, 2007

Time Out
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It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Tom Meek
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

January 10, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2002

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2001
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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In her unexpectedly delightful documentary about Woody Allen as jazz musician, Barbara Kopple demonstrates cinema verite at its most seductive.

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

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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

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

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Guy MacPherson
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 88/100

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A delightful companion to Allen's prodigious body of work.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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