Reviews

Mar 10, 2010
A Lou Reed concert film that I connected with despite it being a downer.
Aug 8, 2009
Schnabel's set design, onstage projections, and postproduction add a good deal of visual noise to Reed & company's aural variety, which reproduces the album with a mixture of professional exactitude and unpredictable cacophony.
Jul 25, 2008
Those who admire Reed will find that Schnabel's film allows the music to speak for itself against its rather messy background.
Jul 25, 2008
It's Reed's gruff and tuneless delivery that challenges one's enjoyment.
Jul 25, 2008
Reed, who's looking more and more like a Bond villain, comes close to smiling at one point, although the chances are you won't.
Jul 25, 2008
For devotees only, I'm guessing.
Jul 25, 2008
Reed's unmistakable lilting groan has real pain in it, hinting at a real but undisclosed personal story behind the music.
Jul 25, 2008
An entirely watchable concert movie, providing depressing songs are your thing.
Jul 22, 2008
If you don't like the music, there's nothing to see here.
Jul 22, 2008
If you love Lou Reed or even like Lou Reed a little, musically this film is worth your time and, unless you've got an amazing audio system at home, it should be experienced in a theatrical setting.
Jul 20, 2008
Performed live, the haunting material finds new life ... Schnabel has created an incredibly artistic experience out of the concert with many moments that will give you goosebumps.
Jul 18, 2008
A well made concert film that will, nevertheless, fail to satisfy Reed's many dedicated fans.
Jul 18, 2008
Once again a concert documentary allows those of us unable to have witnessed a monumental event to see it seemingly exactly as it took place.
Jul 18, 2008
It's direly beautiful, sometimes spine-tingling and, yes, gloomy as purgatory.
Jul 18, 2008
Reed's dour, bombastic song-suite about the lives of the drug-addicted and downtrodden steadily acquired cult cachet over the decades, peaking with its staging as a complete-album concert in 2006, which Lou Reed's Berlin documents.
Jul 18, 2008
Who could have guessed that nearly 35 years after its release, Lou Reed's once-reviled concept album Berlin would inspire a sold-out concert, shot with loving awe by Julian Schnabel?
Jul 18, 2008
Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore.
Jul 18, 2008
For die-hard Reed fans, it's an invaluable document.
Jul 18, 2008
In Julian Schnabel's grimly majestic concert film Lou Reed's Berlin, Mr. Reed wears the deadpan smirk of a Zen master who has endured punishing Buddhist training.
Jul 17, 2008
Schnabel and Kuras know their subject enough to know how to frame him: with space, darkness, and unyielding cool.