Let's Get Lost (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Let's Get Lost (1989)



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We have to be grateful to iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber, for giving us this perfect film about the timeless jazz singer and trumpeter, Chet Baker. In the 1950's, cool was the only way to fly, and Chet Baker was what James Dean always wanted to be. Unfortunately for some, using heroin was part of that scene. We see the young handsome and beautiful Baker in California and Italy, where he appeared in at least one movie and at least one jail cell (for drug possession). And, we see the pre-maturely ravaged Baker, detached, indifferent, his face a ruin of heroin addiction.

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Paul Baker
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Dick Bock
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Chris Isaak
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Lisa Marie
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Andy Minsker
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Jack Sheldon
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Critic Reviews for Let's Get Lost

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

Slowly, surely this composite portrait of Chet then and now (or in 1987, when Weber shot the film) reveals its own depths.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Time Out
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Let's Get Lost is an atmospheric black-and-white portrait of a jazz trumpet player, an exemplar of West Coast 'cool jazz' in the age when rapid-fire bebop was hot, whose life, career and face were ruined by his various addictions.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are moments in Let's Get Lost when, if you squint just a little, [Chet] Baker is a ghost image of his former self, the 1950s musical equivalent of James Dean.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Detroit Free Press
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Watching Let's Get Lost, shot in a liquid black-and-white, we are lost in a monotonal, gorgeously shot reverie about Chet Baker, the jazz trumpeter whose alabaster-smooth, pretty face and plaintive tones broke hearts.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Washington Post
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First released in 1989, Let's Get Lost -- shot in the high-contrast black-and-white that's a hallmark of Weber's still photography -- is well worth revisiting on the big screen.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Yes, it's about Baker, obviously, but a Baker who's somehow both much more and much less than the man seen on screen.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Let's Get Lost

A thoughtful, but monotonous, documentary of a tragic jazz figure. Much like Chet Baker's music, the tone is continually soft and low-key. I suppose the most damning criticism I can make is that the film failed to convince me of his genius -- his trumpet-playing was lovely, but not uniquely so, and his endless parade of melancholy love ballads did not connect with me at all. What made him focus so exclusively on this sedate, "cool" style of jazz? "Let's Get Lost" won't tell you. In a way, I think director Bruce Weber was "lucky" that his footage was shot so soon before Baker's death, because the film wouldn't be as notable if not for its happenstance feel of an epitaph.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Chet Baker, the James Dean of jazz. Chet was no saint, and all his flaws are made clear by Bruce Weber but there's no denying that he was a legendary musician, and this is also made evident by Weber. Despite Chet's problems people instantly fell in love with him, the numorous wives and girlfriends, the fellow musicians, the fans, and by the end of the film so was I. Even in the footage of the old and haggard Chet after years of drug abuse he still comes across as an enigmatic figure. I admit before watching this I didn't know much about Chet Baker, but whether you are an avid fan, or just have a passing interest in jazz, this is an interesting piece of work.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

A truly tragic story about a brilliant and gifted musician who allowed drugs and alcohol to destroy his life. It is a heart-wrenching and fairly unconventional documentary. It is especially amazing that he died not long after the film was shot. I never got to see this film when it was originally released. Be sure to catch it while the restored version is being shown on the big screen.

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

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