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I'll Sing for You Reviews

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 4, 2004
Enjoyable if only to hear KarKar perform his mournful and personal songs, including a tender tribute to his late wife.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
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
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Gene Seymour
June 3, 2004
A musical biopic conceived as a lyric dreamscape, as a meditation on fate and faith.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 2, 2004
One of those sanctifying docs that rambles when it should explore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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.
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
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.