Born To Be Blue Reviews

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September 27, 2017
The movie is slight but silly, goofy without being goony.
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.
July 25, 2016
Hawke portrays Baker as a little boy lost: selfish, sweet, insecure, arrogant, impossible to live with.
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 24, 2016
You feel closer to Chet than you did coming in - and is this Hawke's greatest role?
July 21, 2016
A serious, worthwhile film.
April 22, 2016
Budreau, who stages several breathtaking scenes of Baker playing against the vast open sky during a visit to his parents' farm in Oklahoma, successfully gets to the root of his subject.
April 18, 2016
Hawke makes this sweeter, gentler Baker believable in a schoolgirl-diary way-this is the Baker we want to believe in when we lie back in the embrace of his trumpet sound.
April 10, 2016
Born to Be Blue doesn't pretend to have all the answers. What it does have - in addition to an immersive performance from Ethan Hawke as the cool-cat jazz man - is an emotional understanding of who Baker was, or may have been.
April 7, 2016
The film draws you deeply into Baker's fantasy world, to the point that the entreaty of his famous recording, "Let's Get Lost," almost seems like a good idea.
April 7, 2016
When Hawke's Baker finally slips out of the whiney loser persona and performs "My Funny Valentine," the scene evokes Baker's elusive melancholy and wistful torment, making the earlier fumblings worth the struggle.
April 7, 2016
Hawke's performance ably conveys the painful, humble work of climbing back up the mountain, and writer-director Robert Budreau mostly sticks to beauty over prettiness, and the nature of practice over the magic of talent.
March 31, 2016
Long takes, naturalistic dialogue, and a loose narrative structure make for a film that feels as improvised and authentic as its music.
March 31, 2016
Hawke is engaging as Baker, an attractive gent with hair to rival James Dean and an eerie playfulness that garnered him legions of fans, especially young women who found him irresistible for his looks and bad-boy persona if not always his music.
March 31, 2016
Fine work from Hawke as a self-destructive jazz icon in this uneven but compelling drama.
March 31, 2016
By the final act, it's chilling how much Hawke has transformed into the late-career musician, looking aged well beyond his years.
March 31, 2016
Though Hawke and Ejogo both have easygoing screen presences, they are boring together, because Ejogo basically has nothing to do.
March 31, 2016
It's not necessary to be a jazz fan to get lost in this poetic and poignant film.
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 29, 2016
It's ultimately the story of someone whose insecurities line up perfectly with his habit, creating a cycle from which he just can't escape.
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