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Ornette: Made in America Reviews

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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 18, 2015
Made in America captures a truly restless artist still seeking some ever-elusive musical transcendence. It's a terrific film.
Amy Taubin
August 4, 2015
An intricately knit series of riffs on free jazz giant Ornette Coleman, one of the greatest living artists twentieth-century modernism produced.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 14, 2015
Though Ornette: Made in America is hardly a straight-up biographical doc ... it's the place to go to unlock some of the most precious secrets of Ornette.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
April 6, 2015
Shirley Clarke's 1985 documentary about the seminal jazz innovator Ornette Coleman joins an impressionistic portrait of the musician with an informative overview of his life, work, and ideas.
Louis Proyect
December 2, 2014
A match made in heaven between avant-garde jazz and avant-garde cinema.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 15, 2014
An ambitious offbeat documentary about the elusive Texas avant-garde jazz saxophonist and innovator Ornette Coleman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
November 10, 2014
Ornette: Made In America is an unusual hybrid of straight documentary and art film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 10, 2012
It's significant that Coleman tells Clarke's cameras that he thought of being an architect or 'brain specialist' before becoming a musician; as a jazz composer, instrumentalist and bandleader, he achieved all his goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 31, 2012
Heeding Louis Armstrong's 'if you gotta ask you'll never know,' this film does not attempt the impossibility of explicating the difficult music, on which you groove or you don't.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2012
[A] fascinating, maddening, one-of-a-kind film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2012
Ms. Clarke's portrait is of an extraordinary artist and genuinely likable man.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 28, 2012
Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2012
Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hoffman
August 24, 2012
Ornette: Made in America is a look at a groundbreaking artist by a groundbreaking artist.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 27, 2012
A funky tribute to the great saxophonist.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
March 27, 2012
A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
March 27, 2012
For the sight and sound of the man in action (including some fine archive footage from the early '70s), it's essential viewing for any jazz aficionado.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
This ambitious and affectionate effort to capture an elusive subject is undoubtedly worth a look.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
[A] disappointing muddle of concert footage, unfocused interviews, dated psychedelia, and indifferently staged dramatic scenes centered on jazz great Ornette Coleman.
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