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Kurt Cobain: About a Son Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
The images combine with Cobain's voiceover for a cumulative effect that seeps into the film rather than exploding onto it.
Jennifer Merin
June 6, 2010
Filmmaker AJ Schnack uses 25-hours of previously unheard audio interviews with Cobain as voice over for footage of Cobain haunts. The images are mesmerizing, but Cobain never appears on screen, and he is missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
As an illustrated audio tour through the life of a gifted but self-destructive performer, 'About a Son' is enlightening to a point, but one has to wonder when filmmakers will stop exhuming the corpse of a man who desperately craved privacy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sal Cinquemani
Slant Magazine
March 1, 2008
AJ Schnack's Kurt Cobain: About a Son is as gripping and revealing as Gus Van Sant's Last Days was hollow and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
February 22, 2008
Shaped from Cobain's own words, the film tells his story with care, in inventive style and without phony reverence or pretentious pronouncements.
| Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 18, 2008
Most of the material has never been made public before, so the movie is a must-see for Cobain fans. Even for non-fans, it is quite an astonishing document. Up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
Only loosely connected to the story, the visuals quickly grow monotonous.
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
January 11, 2008
Allows the fans that the legendary musician will keep gathering for decades to come a brief look inside Cobain's troubled mind, and it does so in a refreshingly bold and innovative way.
Matt Pais
January 10, 2008
A fascinating plunge into one man's thicket of contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
George Varga
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 4, 2008
There is much to fault in this tedious exercise in pseudo-hipster cool masquerading as, well, what exactly?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 6, 2007
Startlingly de-mythologizing at first, then just plain poignant . . . it's fascinating to reconcile Cobain's slacker howl over chipping guitar chords with a sodden Pacific Northwest of logging trucks and fishing boats.
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
November 30, 2007
The ending section, where Schnack and Azerrad let Cobain ramble philosophically about life and music, is a muddled intellectual mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 30, 2007
Many of the images aren't particularly compelling and neither, frankly, are Cobain's comments, which range from dull anti-press diatribes to familiar stories about the musical influence of his Aunt Mary to inarticulate blather.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 29, 2007
It's easy to get lost in his words, especially if you're a fan. I ended up enjoying the film overall, even if I had to wonder whether Cobain himself would have approved of a film like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2007
Cobain narrates the tale of his all-too-short life, musing on his successes, loves, letdowns, motivations and depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joan Anderman
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
Kurt Cobain About a Son is a lovely piece of filmmaking, a gripping, minimalist marriage of sound and image.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 28, 2007
The unique style of the film makes it a music and art house fan's must and, if you are a fan of Kurt Cobain, yours too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 27, 2007
...essential viewing for any real fan of the man and his music and an artfully unique take on the musical biographical documentary genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
As important for what it reveals about a seminal and grievously misunderstood artist as for how it rejuvenates a moribund documentary form.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2007
Less a movie than an illustrated audiotape, Kurt Cobain: About a Son is nonetheless fascinating for what it reveals of its subject,
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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