Lou Reed's Berlin Reviews

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March 10, 2010
A Lou Reed concert film that I connected with despite it being a downer.
August 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.
July 25, 2008
Those who admire Reed will find that Schnabel's film allows the music to speak for itself against its rather messy background.
July 25, 2008
Reed's unmistakable lilting groan has real pain in it, hinting at a real but undisclosed personal story behind the music.
July 25, 2008
An entirely watchable concert movie, providing depressing songs are your thing.
July 22, 2008
If you don't like the music, there's nothing to see here.
July 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.
July 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.
July 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.
July 18, 2008
It's direly beautiful, sometimes spine-tingling and, yes, gloomy as purgatory.
July 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.
July 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?
July 18, 2008
Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore.
July 18, 2008
For die-hard Reed fans, it's an invaluable document.
July 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.
July 17, 2008
Schnabel and Kuras know their subject enough to know how to frame him: with space, darkness, and unyielding cool.
July 17, 2008
For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event.
July 17, 2008
This luminously shot concert movie reveals that Berlin is far from the lost masterpiece the movie wants it to be.
July 16, 2008
A concert film by technicality, a cinematic trance in practicality.
July 16, 2008
One of the most fascinating performances of the year.
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