Born To Be Blue Reviews

February 20, 2019
There's a plethora of jazz biopics around. This one leaves you with a feeling of unfulfilled promise, both in the life it portrays and in itself.
September 11, 2017
There are moments when Ethan Hawke's performance as Baker strikes just the right note of fragile, demon-haunted vulnerability. But these moments are set in a larger story that takes too long to get going, and too often loses its way
July 24, 2016
Becomes so wedded to stodgy melodrama that you wind up thinking it's a bore to be that blue and just want to hear the man play.
July 11, 2016
Hawke, speaking at the high end of his voice, is a fine enough Baker and a convincing jazz musician, but the film around him is filled in with music-movie caricatures.
June 8, 2016
Hawke's good in the role, but a more interesting casting choice would have been Josh Brolin, who's got more of Baker's tiny nose and power jaw, as well as more mimicry talent.
April 4, 2016
Better to listen to Chet Baker's original recordings than bother with this imitation....
April 1, 2016
Hawke captures both the mannerisms and the spirit of Baker, although the film itself squeezes its true-life subject matter into a formulaic melodrama about redemption and misunderstood artistry.
March 31, 2016
Though Hawke and Ejogo both have easygoing screen presences, they are boring together, because Ejogo basically has nothing to do.
Top Critic
March 31, 2016
The mumbling ineptitude of Ethan Hawke that makes it impossible to make out half of what he's saying in any given scene.
March 25, 2016
Ethan Hawke's performance notwithstanding, theatrical prospects look weak for this extremely niche outing.
March 23, 2016
[It] has all of the makings of drama and none of the chops. That's what most of this film feels like: empty wind through a trumpet - no tone, just air.
March 22, 2016
Writer-director Robert Budreau strip-mines the life of an amazing musician for the purpose of mounting yet another comeback story.
March 22, 2016
Budreau's variation on the theme of Chet Baker doesn't play out as an inspired improvisation, settling instead into the familiar grooves of a redemptive melodrama ...
September 14, 2015
Hawke and Ejogo are both extremely easy on the eye, and share a agreeably warm sexual chemistry. But the movie around them looks a little flat and televisual: too clean, too bright, too period-perfect, too Mad Men.