Born To Be Blue Reviews

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March 30, 2019
Thanks to Hawke's painstaking recreation of Baker's ill habits and devoted heart, BORN TO BE BLUE is able to eclipse its musical biopic bandmates.
November 27, 2018
Hawke is very good here. I'm not his biggest fan, but he gets Baker's distinctive, whispery voice, whether speaking or singing.
November 27, 2018
Presenting a career-best performance from Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue earns its place as one of the best jazz movies to grace the screen.
November 27, 2018
It all works because of Hawke and Ejogo.
September 27, 2017
The movie is slight but silly, goofy without being goony.
September 12, 2017
Robert Budreau's Born to be Blue dares to blur the lines between fact and fiction.
August 30, 2017
I hope Born to Be Blue sends audiences back to that Baker song and his other great jazz.
August 25, 2017
Blue may not be the most complete portrait of the artist, but its sumptuous images and sensitive performances provide a rough sketch to entertain devotees and neophytes alike.
June 29, 2017
Director Robert Budreau's style is ... controlled, bathing the characters in blue light, placing them in cool yellow and blue surroundings, and keeping the camera much more still ... It's a fitting aesthetic for his story.
December 27, 2016
Ejogo makes vivid work of that dread device, the composite character. Hawke, film-star handsome but unable to match the ruined angel looks of his alter-ego, still manages to summon up his lost-boy charisma.
December 5, 2016
What makes Born to be Blue a special film is the phenomenal performance of Ethan Hawke as the addled, wounded Baker.
November 23, 2016
For casual fans or people who have yet to encounter Baker, Born To Be Blue is a good place to start, perfectly encapsulating the fragility and self-destructive urges that underlined his uniquely beautiful and melancholic music.
November 17, 2016
Lord know we don't need another biopic of a troubled but brilliant musician, but writer/director Robert Budreau dives into the psychology of a figure like Baker with a depth that such films rarely muster.
November 8, 2016
After the movie, don't be surprised if you find yourself downloading or streaming his music. If you do you will be struck by the haunting similarities of his sound and those from this very evocative and inventive film.
October 10, 2016
Born to be Blue is perhaps a too-clever fictionalised take on the life of the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, although Ethan Hawke's performance as the musician is as compelling as it is painful.
September 13, 2016
Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist Chet Baker, combining the achingly soulful music with an equally resonant performance from Ethan Hawke.
August 31, 2016
For all its deviations from biographical fact, Born to be Blue does finally capture something that is inescapably there on the records (and in that loaded title): the melancholy that, like the music, was forever in Baker's blood.
August 8, 2016
Whispery and jazzy and niche market, it is hooked around an excellent performance from Hawke.
July 29, 2016
Ethan Hawke puts in a career- best turn as jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in this imaginatively structured biopic.
July 29, 2016
Touched by resonant tragedies amongst his own friends and learning to play the trumpet for the role, Hawke is compelling, offering a magnetic portrayal of an exasperating but deeply charismatic, engaging figure.
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