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August 11, 2005
Un documentaire qui rend justice à un personnage fascinant, mais dont on aurait tout de même voulu en savoir davantage
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict
July 31, 2005
While he was never a Top 40 hitmaker, Klaus Nomi was an important artist...and The Nomi Song is a cinematic anthem to his unorthodox individuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 15, 2005
Like Nomi's work, there is some distinct style at play that reflects its subject matter.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 26, 2005
A well-made doc of a beyond-description music act that combined cabaret, operatic falsetto, and the stark minimalism of a cheesy 1940 sci-fi pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 1, 2005
This is fascinating stuff if you know just the commercial side of that strange music and fashion ripple known as New Wave.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 28, 2005
If retro ain't your thing, fear not; this doesn't feel dated in the least.
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Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
May 26, 2005
This film expertly captures the scenesters' singular, blinding devotion to art at all costs, as well as their playful and communal attitudes.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
Mostly fascinating, but occasionally frustrating.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
Paints a vivid portrait of the sense of play and possibility that animated the best of the punk and new wave movements.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 5, 2005
This intriguingly well-made documentary tells us just about everything we could possibly want to know about the mesmerising 1970s singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 25, 2005
Compassionate and critically astute.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
A vivid portrait, not only of the man, but of an era, an era in which creativity ruled in a New York which, for all its vicissitudes, was far more welcoming to artists than it is now.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 24, 2005
His career was brief but well-documented and Andrew Horn's loving tribute includes several complete performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2005
[S]trange and fascinating ... gives off a rich whiff of the New York punk bohemia of the late 1970s and early '80s.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 27, 2005
The Nomi Song should go a long way toward recementing this striking creature's legendary status.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2005
Andrew Horn's film charts Nomi's remarkable rise, his brief cult fame and his untimely flameout in 1983 as one of the arts community's earliest AIDS fatalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 24, 2005
The German native's weirdness makes David Bowie (a Nomi admirer) look like Josh Groban, and the movie honors that by indulging in its own brand of effective strangeness.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2005
Nomi Song pays tribute to both the man born Klaus Sperber and his anything goes era.
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