I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

Critics Consensus

Besides being a treat for Wilco fans, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart also exposes the workings of a profit-driven music industry.

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Movie Info

This insightful documentary chronicles the tumultuous recording and release of the band Wilco's 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." A bold departure from the group's earlier releases, recording it nearly broke up the band, and when it was completed, their label refused to release it and eventually dumped Wilco from their roster. With the album completed, the band turned to the Internet to get attention for the record, which was eventually released to widespread success and critical acclaim.

Cast & Crew

Sam Jones
Director
Sam Jones
Producer
Gary Hustwit
Executive Producer
Erin Nordstrom
Film Editor
Sam Jones
Cinematographer
David Rudd
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Paul Hughen
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Dan Larkin
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Jim Matlosz
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Critic Reviews for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (7)

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    August 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
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    March 10, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Is there enough material to merit a documentary on the making of Wilco's last album?

    November 1, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If you aren't already a fan of Wilco, a critical darling led by the talented and wily songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the film does little to enlighten or recruit.

    October 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Woven together handsomely, recalling sixties' rockumentary milestones from Lonely Boy to Don't Look Back.

    October 25, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film doesn't show enough of the creative process or even of what was created for the non-fan to figure out what makes Wilco a big deal.

    October 17, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

  • Feb 03, 2010
    Not a fan of the band films but I really take my hat off to Wilco for their attempts to bring back Woody Guthrie into the mainstream. As a result, I really got into the storyline here and enjoyed it.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2009
    Really fascinating and sad. The filmmaker takes a meandering sort of approach, complemented by great photography. The film really makes you feel like the album is important, and I feel to a certain extent it is. The appeal of this film, may be lost on the non-Wilco fan as it's very very Wilco.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2007
    Wilco are one of the greatest bands on Earth and this documentary film of the making of their masterpiece, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", is a fascinating glimpse at record company machination vs the creation of art.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2007
    An interesting look at the creative process and a must see for Wilco fans, who will get to see the drama behind one of the best albums of the past ten years.
    Steve K Super Reviewer

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