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Beware Of Mr. Baker Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 28, 2013
Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Charles Cross
Seattle Times
February 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 25, 2013
"Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013
The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2013
This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 24, 2013
"Beware of Mr. Baker" argues that when an artist consistently delivers amazement, broken beaks and busted relationships are a fair price to pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2013
Bulger tries, unconvincingly, to paint Baker as a difficult but admirable rebel. The lingering question in the documentary is whether his musical accomplishments were worth the trail of damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 17, 2013
It gives Baker his musical props while at the same time demonstrating the film's title is no exaggeration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 20, 2012
Any movie that starts with the subject assaulting the director (Baker smacks plucky first-timer Jay Bulger squarely in the face with his cane) is already ahead of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 30, 2012
If Clapton was God, guess who was the devil?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 29, 2012
Miserable individuals do tend to make for interesting subject matter, and this would be far more of a dry biography without its willfully eccentric lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 29, 2012
The life story of a man who's led one hell of a fascinating life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2012
The movie salutes the rhythms and the wreckage.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 27, 2012
You'll love the idea that someone like this deserves a movie, but with the whole of heavy metal in his debt, the honor is merited and handled with honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 27, 2012
Mr. Bulger ... does not let "Behind the Music" sensationalism overwhelm the music itself, which is Mr. Baker's great passion and the only reason anyone should take an interest in him.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 26, 2012
When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2012
Colorful, loud doc digs into the peculiar life of one of rock's most bombastic drummers.