Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

2021, Documentary, 1h 59m

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An emotionally raw and respectful portrait of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner marks another unflinchingly honest documentary from director Morgan Neville. Read critic reviews

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It's not where you go. It's what you leave behind.... Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

Cast & Crew

Amy Entelis
Executive Producer
Lizzie Fox
Executive Producer
Courtney Sexton
Executive Producer
Adam Beckman
Cinematographer
Eileen Meyer
Film Editor
Michael Andrews
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Critic Reviews for Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

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  • "I want to make a film about why he was who he was"... For the next two hours, Roadrunner seems to dodge all the parts of its subject's life that might offer concrete answers to Neville's question.

    July 26, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The documentary is a mere encyclopedia-like info-product, which reduces its rich audiovisual archival material and its heartfelt interviews with people who knew and loved Bourdain to freeze-dried sound and image bites.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • I don't think it works particularly as well as a deep exploration of some of the weightier topics it touches on -- like mental illness or addiction -- but it's a really cathartic tribute for all of his fans who still miss him dearly.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Overall, I found it compelling. It's a well-made portrait of a fascinating, witty, and complicated man.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • If you miss Anthony Bourdain - and for many, the celebrity chef's death in 2018 felt like the loss of a close and troubled friend - Morgan Neville's "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain" is a salve.

    July 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An insightful documentary that details the chef-author-seeker's endless curiosity and restless spirit.

    July 16, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "I want to make a film about why he was who he was"... For the next two hours, Roadrunner seems to dodge all the parts of its subject's life that might offer concrete answers to Neville's question.

    July 26, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The documentary is a mere encyclopedia-like info-product, which reduces its rich audiovisual archival material and its heartfelt interviews with people who knew and loved Bourdain to freeze-dried sound and image bites.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • I don't think it works particularly as well as a deep exploration of some of the weightier topics it touches on -- like mental illness or addiction -- but it's a really cathartic tribute for all of his fans who still miss him dearly.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Overall, I found it compelling. It's a well-made portrait of a fascinating, witty, and complicated man.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • What director catches on camera is not only the Bourdain people knew or the man as he was behind the scenes, but the need for people to talk about the impact of Bourdain's death.

    July 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Leaving aside the painful end, though, Roadrunner is a spirited tribute to a man in motion, beloved by his acolytes both for being a "bad boy" and for being a teddy bear who gave the world a great big hug.

    July 21, 2021 | Full Review…

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