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.



Total Count: 60


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A chronicle which follows alternative-country-turned-rock-band Wilco's recording of their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (the album was released to critical acclaim by Nonesuch Records). Initially intended to follow the collaborative process of this handful of very creative artists making a highly anticipated album, director Sam Jones soon had unexpected human drama and corporate intrigue to contend with when the band started breaking apart and their now-acclaimed new album was rejected by their label, Reprise Records.

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Critic Reviews for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23)

  • Is there enough material to merit a documentary on the making of Wilco's last album?

    Nov 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.

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

    Oct 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.

    Oct 17, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • A cohesive demonstration of why Wilco, as a whole, is one of the most compelling musical entities working today.

    Sep 27, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • Even if you don't know the band or the album's songs by heart, you will enjoy seeing how both evolve, and you will also learn a good deal about the state of the music business in the 21st Century.

    Sep 27, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

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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