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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Reviews

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Eric Melin
October 1, 2005
It is an often overlooked gem of a movie, chronicling the creative process of making a personal record in more detail than has even been seen. Also, the film is helped tremendously by some great music from Wilco, and a ironic, triumphant twist of real-lif
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Fortunately for Wilco, who have a passion for excellence, creative freedom, and innovation, Jones's camera recorded footage at the scene of a crime against art.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
February 20, 2003
Even if you have never heard a Wilco album, the film is a great introduction to the band's music and the pain that goes into making it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2002
An interesting look behind the scenes of Chicago-based rock group Wilco...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man's art, it's priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 2, 2002
More about the alchemical nature of movies than the band or their music, the picture is among the very best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Anderson
November 19, 2002
While I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is full of strong performances, Jones' film is less about the music than it is about the music business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 8, 2002
Not only does this musical documentary showcase a band that's at the top of its form ... it also serves as indictment of the ridiculously shallow, pre-fab music industry in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 1, 2002
Is there enough material to merit a documentary on the making of Wilco's last album?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 25, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 25, 2002
The recording session is the only part of the film that is enlightening -- and how appreciative you are of this depends on your level of fandom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 25, 2002
Woven together handsomely, recalling sixties' rockumentary milestones from Lonely Boy to Don't Look Back.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Karla Peterson
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 18, 2002
Jones gives the faithful a surprisingly intimate portrait of the guardedly vulnerable Tweedy, along with a wealth of potent performance footage that captures Wilco in all its battered and unbowed glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 17, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Micky Michalec
Orlando Weekly
October 17, 2002
By candidly detailing the politics involved in the creation of an extraordinary piece of music, [Jones] calls our attention to the inherent conflict between commerce and creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wendy Case
Detroit News
September 27, 2002
A cohesive demonstration of why Wilco, as a whole, is one of the most compelling musical entities working today.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 27, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
D.K. Holm
September 27, 2002
It's a very tasteful rock and roll movie. You could put it on a coffee table anywhere.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 25, 2002
What should have been an entertaining cinematic souvenir solely for Wilco fans ended up becoming a smart, involving, and occasionally infuriating film
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
Required viewing for fans of the band, but I didn't know anything about Wilco and I was amused and entertained by their story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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