Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Reviews

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July 2, 2019
Two decades on, the life and work of Kurt Cobain is still being discussed, consumed and processed. Montage of Heck doesn't just contribute to that conversation; it elevates it to a whole new level.
June 5, 2019
It's inherently fascinating material, but Morgen's attempt to delve deep into Cobain's life doesn't prove to be especially illuminating.
May 10, 2019
Cobain's music and his striking artwork coalesce to help us understand his mind - however the rest of this documentary plays it a little too safe to take us much further.
May 7, 2019
The most depressing, tragic and, of course, marketable version is presented here and what we have is not good record but Sundance-friendly miserablism...
August 22, 2018
Seeing him through the eyes of his parents was the most poignant segment in a very detailed and moving documentary about his artistically fruitful, personally painful and very short life.
January 12, 2018
Fortunately, the original material of Montage of Heck is so captivating that [director Brett] Morgen's intrusions do not ruin the multifaceted portrait we get of Cobain... [Full review in Spanish]
September 21, 2017
Of the many films that have been made about Kurt Cobain, documentary and fiction, [director Brett] Morgen's is the best because what it leaves us with is the one thing that most defined his life: empathy.
September 13, 2017
The unique method of tracking Kurt's life through his diary entries, artwork, home movies, unheard songs, photographs, songbooks and demos unveil a side of him we have never seen.
May 30, 2016
It's a rare profile that's about the person instead of the personality, the artist instead of the art.
February 29, 2016
Montage of Heck isn't an investigation into its subject's death so much as an homage to his creativity and life force -- it's tender and sad.
February 22, 2016
Montage of Heck makes the tragic end of Cobain's life more heartbreaking through it's delicate retelling of his 27 years.
January 4, 2016
We see-almost from the inside-the evolution of Cobain's sensitive brilliance and the art and destruction that it fed.
Top Critic
January 3, 2016
Morgen and his editors have simply done a remarkable job -- also an artful one -- in piecing together this residuum.
January 3, 2016
Montage of Heck is about the representation and self-representation of Kurt Cobain, a fascinating process for any figure whose entire fame was based on modes of self-representation.
January 3, 2016
Morgen's movie is an eye-level, straight-on gaze at the soul that would turn rock music on its head when it was so desperately needed.
January 3, 2016
Montage of Heck is an insightful, moving mosaic that works to immerse you, for better or worse, inside Kurt Cobain's creative process and personal demons.
January 3, 2016
On the subject of the life and death of Kurt Cobain there is still some work to be done, but Montage of Heck may be as close as we'll get to moving on.
January 3, 2016
A masterful and often deeply moving portrait of a volatile American genius, a portrait that goes far beyond one man, one family and one rain-sodden small town.
January 3, 2016
Cobain's life has been chronicled in scores of books and documentaries, but Montage of Heck feels fresh in the scope of material it includes, the way it's presented, and the things it emphasizes.
January 3, 2016
Brett Morgen's exhaustive tribute is aptly named and damn-near definitive.
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