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I'll Sing for You Reviews

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August 8, 2004
A gentle portrait of a musician whose music provides a bridge from Africa to America.
July 6, 2004
Features not one word of comment from its subject, but it does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.
June 11, 2004
Though Traoré never talks directly on camera, he speaks volumes through numerous bluesy tunes he performs for the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 4, 2004
KarKar's performance is intimate, the film is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 4, 2004
Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2004
This graceful portrait of the great Malian singer and guitarist Boubacar Traore is also as a fascinating snapshot of Mali in the decades following the west African nation's independence from France in 1960.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 4, 2004
The final product feels frustratingly incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2004
Jacques Sarasin's documentary blends the history of post-colonial Mali with the life of one of its most popular musicians, the guitarist and singer Boubacar KarKar Traor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2004
A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 2, 2004
One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 2, 2004
Meandering and disappointing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 1, 2004
The reverent pacing lags a bit, but the film's meditation on the struggle to find spirituality that reconciles Islam with tribal belief systems is powerful in its understatement.
April 30, 2004
For fans of African music, Sing is a rich archeological dig; for newcomers with open ears, it might be a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
We rarely hear from KarKar outside of his songs, and it's hard to conclude the most basic facts about the fame he lost.
| Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2004
It never really feels like we've gotten to know the man himself, leaving the figure at the heart of I'll Sing for You a cipher.
March 16, 2004
Kar Kar's singing is wonderfully expressive, and an improvised song to his wife at her grave site demonstrates the emotional wellspring of his music.
May 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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