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I'm Not There Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
March 24, 2016
...not a biography by any conventional definition but an impressionistic survey of the artist, his art, his interaction (and at times collision) with the culture he both grabs onto and flees, and the mystery that still surrounds Dylan.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
I'm Not There is a very special kind of life and times. It leaves ordinary musical biopics like Ray and Walk the Line and Beyond the Sea in the dust.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Otto
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 12, 2010
Haynes' film has no straight lines, it is all collage and pastiche and an endless series of intersections that all, quite improbably, lead to a startlingly accurate (if abstracted) vision of the many faces of Dylan.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
I'm Not There is coy and fatuous, but it also can be intriguing and thought-provoking. But I'm Not There makes us consider Dylan with new eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 22, 2008
Full of Dylanology, Dylanography and Dylanerbole... if that's your thing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
May 7, 2008
The director's disappointment in Dylan's downward metamorphosis from outlaw poet, prophet and political idealist to cynic, egotist, wasted stoner, Jesus freak and recluse, is palpable, with a symbolic dirge for a body that has outlived its art.
May 1, 2008
Haynes is brilliant at tearing off the top of his own head and giving audiences a peek into his pop obsessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 25, 2008
Uma das cinebiografias mais atípicas e, por isto mesmo, mais fiéis ao espírito criativo de seu biografado que já tive o prazer de assistir.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
January 31, 2008
Perhaps the whole weird, scattershot thing might play better when you can skip-search to your favorite bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 9, 2008
The iconoclastic film about the idiosyncratic artist is truly an inventive film but not an easy one to come to grips with or instantly enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Melin
December 30, 2007
By mirroring Dylan's concepts with his music and avoiding both the biographical route and the songs-tell-a-story route, Haynes creates the most provocative, electric examination of an artist in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 28, 2007
...a kind of filmic Dylan song, allusive and evocative and purposefully, poetically ambiguous.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
December 26, 2007
It's brilliant, demanding, exasperating; it's undramatic but absorbing, more enigmatic than revealing, up itself and wildly inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
December 21, 2007
A crazy film which shouldn't work, but for most of the time does.
| Original Score: 4/5
Karl French
Financial Times
December 21, 2007
This works so well that long before the end you don't merely accept the use of these wildly diverse personae, but you may also even wonder whether Dylan's story could properly be told any other way

Daily Mirror (UK)
December 21, 2007
This drama, a surreal, fractured examination of the mercurial singer-songwriter comes closer to revealing the man behind the music than anything that's come before, but still preserves his essential mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Dean
Total Film
December 21, 2007
A fascinating work for cinema and Bob Dylan fans alike. Haynes has painted a perfect picture tribute to the musical icon that only misses a beat in the final quarter. One actor simply couldn't do the man justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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