20,000 Days on Earth Reviews

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November 25, 2014
This film about Nick Cave utterly rejects the established tropes of the rock doc.
November 7, 2014
Co-directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have put together an enigmatic piece.
October 24, 2014
You don't just meet and learn about Nick Cave in "20,000 Days," you feel him.
October 16, 2014
Singular exercise in self-indulgence, introspection and tongue-in-cheekiness by the solemn and magnetic Cave.
October 15, 2014
It sounds like so much attenuated tosh, but this bold, unique gem is bright, funny, brooding, hopeful, momentarily visionary, a wounded beauty exploring the creative process in a fresh and oft-brilliant fashion.
October 10, 2014
Utterly mesmerizing and original.
October 9, 2014
You might come away wishing he'd remained a bit more enigmatic. Then again, that morose rascal is probably just having us on.
October 3, 2014
Avoids being an indulgent profile of a tortured artist, and Cave appears confident but egoless.
October 2, 2014
For the uninitiated, it offers a demonstration of what is so mesmerizing about this performer, who is by, his own description, "a kind of ostentatious bastard."
October 2, 2014
What's great about this "documentary" is that it delves deeply into Cave's notoriously fussy creative process without ever becoming stodgy or dull.
October 2, 2014
Visual artists and first-time feature directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have given 20,000 Days a potent mix of the raw and the cooked.
September 26, 2014
One of the wonderful things about 20,000 Days on Earth is how it explores that lengthy creative process without apologizing for a single moment of expression.
September 26, 2014
The film is so incessant on bolstering Cave's repute and noble struggle with the art of songwriting that it can't help but seem bloated and self-important.
September 26, 2014
It's a wondrous mix of the momentous and mundane, the profound and the perverse, with Cave blues-talking his way through the goofy juxtapositions, the darkness, and the light.
September 25, 2014
It's right up there with the best rock documentaries. That is, if you can call it a documentary.
September 25, 2014
Maybe "20,000 Days on Earth" is a vanity film. But maybe Cave has earned the right to be vain.
September 23, 2014
Whether or not you love his music, the sheer intelligence and poetry of his lyrics, his hip-swivelling suits, his retro black Jag and achingly cool hair make 20,000 Days on Earth a documentary worth watching.
September 22, 2014
[Nina Simone] put a spell on him, and now Nick Cave, with his lugubrious sleights of hand, does much the same to us.
September 22, 2014
A documentary clothed in the robes of a dream
September 21, 2014
Flits between handsome neo-noir pastiche and ripe psychological melodrama.
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