Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)



Critic Consensus: Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians.

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At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin addiction, went a long way to making him persona non grata even among the music greats who still revere his work. Eric Clapton, Johnny Rotten, Charlie Watts, and Lars Ulrich, Baker's 4 wives, and 3 grown children all have something to say about him: "He's a force of nature," "he's the greatest drummer any of us had ever heard," "he's mad," and "he's fairly consistently horrible" are just a few of them.
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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

It's refreshing to watch a music doc, especially one with such intimate access to its subject, in which barely anyone is unreservedly polite about the person in question.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Time Out
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Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Detroit News
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Ginger Baker is, and was, a train wreck. Yet this film, like Baker's onstage playing, is always riveting, and something you can't look away from.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Seattle Times
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"Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
Washington Post
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The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Beware Of Mr. Baker


"Meet Ginger Baker, the man...the myth...the hero..." Thus begins a story that is hardly inspirational or uplifting. But does it need to be told? You bet your ass!!! A brilliant & genuine look at a rock star. Although not the one you would think. We drummers are a modest bunch, so it's nice to see one of us at the forefront for a change. Just sit back & watch. It's always the quiet ones...

Evan Michael
Evan Michael

A boring look into the life of perhaps the most overrated drummer in rock history. Just because you played next to Clapton does not mean you were worthy.

Dallas Schneider
Dallas Schneider

Beware Of Mr. Bakers inside look at one of rocks most influential drummers never falls into standard documentary tropes, instead it relies on honest accounts that let you judge Ginger Bakers mentality.

Nick Erwin
Nick Erwin

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