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Enzo Avitabile Music Life Reviews

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Landon Palmer
June 2, 2014
Music Life is a film about a personality that carries little personality of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 26, 2013
"Enzo Avitabile Music Life" succeeds at conveying one-quarter of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
October 28, 2013
A pencil sketch, and little more. For all the obvious optimism and positive energy that flow from him, Avitabile still remains an elusive figure as rendered here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2013
Demme has not given us an expansive film, and there are spots you wish he'd dug deeper. But there is such a well of emotion that the music alone is almost enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheila O'Malley
October 18, 2013
The film feels like a first draft. But then there is the music to celebrate ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 17, 2013
The fuzziness of Mr. Avitabile's sentiments on boundary-blind unity is echoed in the movie's slack, tag-along portraiture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 17, 2013
A compelling documentary by Jonathan Demme that makes an altar out of our ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 17, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Enzo Avitabile, Music Life" is a music lover's dream.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
October 17, 2013
Features enough music to be worthwhile for fans and curious newcomers, but it's a snooze whenever Avitabile doesn't have an instrument in his hand or a microphone in front of his face.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 17, 2013
An engaging portrait of an artist that blends performance and verite footage...should whet your appetite for his music.
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
October 16, 2013
Music Life starts to seem like a film made for pre-established fans, rather than one likely to win new admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2013
Even if the film never transcends its subject matter, Jonathan Demme's light touch adds up to a charming portrait, only rarely fumbling into hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 15, 2013
Demme has crafted yet another superb document of musicians at work, one as much about creation-and the sources of inspiration-as it is about performance.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 15, 2013
Sadly, this slightly slapdash effort is more in the lower-tier, make-it-up-as-we-go-along range of the hagiographic Jimmy Carter Man from Plains.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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