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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Reviews

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Phil Gallo
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 2, 2009
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Arizona Republic
November 29, 2002
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 11, 2002
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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.
| 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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2002
Fans of critics' darling band Wilco will marvel at the sometimes murky, always brooding look of I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2002
The plot twists give I Am Trying to Break Your Heart an attraction it desperately needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 13, 2002
An undeniably gorgeous, terminally smitten document of a troubadour, his acolytes, and the triumph of his band.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark de la Viņa
San Jose Mercury News
September 12, 2002
Jones has crafted a natty narrative that, enhanced by Erin Nordstrom's editing, is filled with payoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 6, 2002
A tuneful, heartfelt tale of artistic struggle and eventual triumph.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 29, 2002
Tells Wilco's story so well that you'll leave the theater thinking the album is a work of genius.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
The unexpected drama captured puts I Am Trying to Break Your Heart in the good company, if not quite the league, of Let It Be and Gimme Shelter.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 9, 2002
It testifies to art's vitality and endurance, despite its marketers' -- and sometimes even its makers' -- efforts to the contrary.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 5, 2002
Largely a for-fans artifact.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 5, 2002
Fans of the band will know that the album was eventually released by Nonesuch and became a success. Yet Mr. Jones manages to generate some authentic dramatic tension and suspense.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
August 5, 2002
The concert footage is stirring, the recording sessions are intriguing, and -- on the way to striking a blow for artistic integrity -- this quality band may pick up new admirers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2002
An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
As Tweedy talks about canning his stockbroker and repairing his pool, you yearn for a few airborne TV sets or nude groupies on the nod to liven things up.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2002
Functions as both a revealing look at the collaborative process and a timely, tongue-in-cheek profile of the corporate circus that is the recording industry in the current climate of mergers and downsizing.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2002
It's no insult to Wilco's music to say that they lack star quality, or that this documentary presents nothing more than a minor corporate skirmish with a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2002
In an industry that favors flash over substance, youth over experienced craftsmanship, Jones exposes the diseased core of corporate rock and its ramifications on any artist smaller than Britney Spears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4