The Nomi Song (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Nomi Song (2005)



Critic Consensus: A fascinating, if occasionally frustrating, documentary about Klaus Nomi, a cult figure in the New Wave Underground scene during the '80s.

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Story of German New Wave rock star Klaus Nomi, one of the most profoundly bizarre characters to rise to fame in the 80s. In his short but eventful life, fame, friendship, betrayal, opera, performance and, tragically, death converge.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Nomi Song

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

The Nomi Song is pieced together from photos, performance footage, and talking-head interviews, but director Andew Horn has taken great care to fashion a strong story arc.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Chicago Reader
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This is fascinating stuff if you know just the commercial side of that strange music and fashion ripple known as New Wave.

June 1, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
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Mostly fascinating, but occasionally frustrating.

Full Review… | May 20, 2005
Washington Post
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Paints a vivid portrait of the sense of play and possibility that animated the best of the punk and new wave movements.

Full Review… | May 20, 2005
Washington Post
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Compassionate and critically astute.

March 25, 2005
Seattle Times
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Amusingly and wistfully records how the artist and his crowd tried to make a success of it beyond the Mudd Club and other downtown haunts.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Nomi Song


I saw his performance on Urrg! A Music War back in the mid-80s and thought "whos IS this guy?" After two and a half decades I finally watched this and found out. This is a very well done documentary about an original and pioneering talent. His voice was unique, his artisitc vision was bold.

Jon Hironimus
Jon Hironimus

I never heard of Klaus before this documentary and I'm surprised considering he sang with freakin' Bowie! He is an interesting and outlandish character, an amazing voice, and interesting style that I think Lady GaGa in a way stole or at least was inspired by...

Christopher Knarr
Christopher Knarr

Never heard about this singer before this documentary. I thought it was really interesting and a well done documentary.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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