Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck Reviews

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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
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.
Top Critic
January 3, 2016
Montage understands Cobain as an icon, but also as the mixed-up kid who got too famous too fast, and it seems content revealing, rather than reconciling, his contradictions.
January 3, 2016
The result is a stunning audio-video hodgepodge that, in almost every case, captures some underlying essence of the Nirvana frontman.
May 14, 2015
Morgen teases out aspects of Cobain's life that had been largely overlooked, in particular his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn't.
May 7, 2015
Morgen draws no distinction between meaningful artistic creation and the expression of private pain. Then again, blurring that distinction was always part of Nirvana's achievement.
May 4, 2015
Montage of Heck is a fascinating look at the man who created music that still matters to so many people.
May 1, 2015
There's an important critical dictum when one reviews documentaries that we need to be careful to focus on the form of the filmmaking as much as the content. Filmmaking matters more than subject matter. In this case, both are brilliant.
April 30, 2015
I couldn't keep myself from mouthing the words. I couldn't keep the sobs from rising in my throat.
April 30, 2015
The genius of the Montage is that Morgen eschews not only predictability, but also the pretext of trying to give definitive answers when the more rewarding path to understanding Cobain's life and career is through questions.
April 23, 2015
An often brilliant, sometimes overheated but always humane documentary, one in which Nirvana's music and fame is just the scaffolding to Cobain's inner life.
April 23, 2015
The rarity of [the] source materials alone makes this film a must-see for any hard-core Nirvana fan.
April 23, 2015
[An] exhilarating, exhausting, two-hour-plus film, both an artful mosaic and a hammering barrage ...
April 23, 2015
Mr. Morgen is perhaps the leading revolutionary in American documentary filmmaking, a collagist/synthesist extraordinaire who has channeled Mr. Cobain's physical legacy ... into a work of art completely his own.
April 23, 2015
For a mere 27 years, Cobain's life was unusually well documented, often by himself, and the film feels as vivid as The Devil and Daniel Johnston in delivering an artist's tortured interiority.
April 23, 2015
As the credits roll, it's hard not to just root for the sensitive, progressive, fiercely creative Cobain and wish that he'd lived long enough to find a little peace of mind.
April 22, 2015
Some Nirvana fans, who like their icons unblemished, may choose to look away. But it proves that Morgen isn't interested in hagiography. He wants to show us the real Kurt Cobain, warts and all.
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