20,000 Days on Earth Reviews

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January 5, 2015
"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
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
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
Forsyth and Pollard are visual artists-turned-filmmakers and their fine feel for the romantic possibilities of lighting and composition shape every frame. They're less sensitive to the line that separates drama from pretentiousness.
January 5, 2015
An intelligent and revealing look at one of rock's last true iconoclasts.
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 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 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."
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 19, 2014
I'm not sure it can be considered a documentary at all, at least not all the way through. But "20,000 Days" offers an exceptionally intimate portrait of an artist who has sometimes sought to resist explication.
September 19, 2014
Forsyth and Pollard's approach is reverential rather than critical but the film is beautifully shot and its impressionistic approach is a welcome antidote to that of most rock docs.
September 19, 2014
Certainly for any fan of Cave's, 20,000 Days on Earth makes for a creative, enthralling journey through the man's world.
September 19, 2014
If Mick Jagger attempted something like this, it would be excruciating.
September 19, 2014
For me, the talking is great, perhaps more than the music, and there is something a tiny bit narcissistic about the lengthy clips of those live shows.
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