20,000 Days on Earth (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)



Critic Consensus: Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan.

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Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. (c) Drafthouse

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Critic Reviews for 20,000 Days on Earth

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (23)

"Something happens onstage," Cave says, "where you forget who you are and become someone else." As much as any documentary can, 20,000 Days on Earth allows us to bear witness to what goes on in that process.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The title refers to the fact that the day chronicled is ostensibly Cave's 20,000th alive, though the movie is so slowly paced that 20,000 days seems more like the running time.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Near the end of the movie, Cave talks about living in the 'shimmering space' where imagination and reality intersect. He's talking about words and music, but he could be talking about 20,000 Days on Earth.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An intelligent and revealing look at one of rock's last true iconoclasts.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

You don't just meet and learn about Nick Cave in "20,000 Days," you feel him.

October 24, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Singular exercise in self-indulgence, introspection and tongue-in-cheekiness by the solemn and magnetic Cave.

October 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 20,000 Days on Earth


This funny, revealing and well-edited film is a must-see for fans of Nick Cave and also for those who would like to take an intimate look into an artist's creative process and motivation, even if the charm wears off fast and the doc is also stuffed with a tad too many concert scenes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Nick Cave often produces music or books that end up being complete rubbish but you have to give him credit for trying and sometimes he succeeds in very interesting ways. Thankfully not a typical doc, this is a unique and fascinating look back at one man's life.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Essentially Nick Cave having a ninety minute wank. But if anybody deserves to have a movie made about themselves masturbating into the camera, It's Nick Cave.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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