Schultze Gets the Blues - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Schultze Gets the Blues Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 11, 2005
The first-time feature director has a gift that will be interesting to watch. Still, his well-executed choices make Schultze at times slow going.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 18, 2005
Director Michael Shorr's setups are slow and static, with the action unfolding in long or medium shots. In several concert sequences, the dancers annoyingly look right at the camera.
Jules Brenner
March 7, 2005
as difficult to swallow as a Louisiana clam
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 12, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 4, 2005
When his friends send him off to America to his town's sister city of New Braunfels for Wurstfest, Schultze begins to spiral out of control.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 18, 2005
He's not the only one.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2005
Schorr steers clear of emotion and character development, content to just putter down the river to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 15, 2005
Writer-director Michael Schorr's story moves with remarkable sloth.
| Original Score: 0/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 27, 2005
Like The Straight Story sans story, it's sweet but very, very, very slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2005
Simply too tedious and stretched out to be amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
Reminiscent of the films of Aki Kaurismaki and Jim Jarmusch, this wry, very slow German import by Michael Schorr has amusing moments but doesn't possess the droll absurdity needed to make it genuinely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 18, 2005
There is so little to him, really, that Schultze's journey from there to here is rather less meaningful than we're supposed to imagine.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 4, 2005
Winner of the special prize for directing at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, Schorr has made an impressive debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 17, 2005
The first 30 minutes or so of Schultze Gets the Blues do a spectacular job of allowing you to empathize with just how bored the men are. Unfortunately, the movie accomplishes this by boring you itself.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 27, 2005
The film's sparseness has an off-putting effect on the viewer. Schultze, the character, remains more an idea or concept than a fleshed-out human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
...some predictable tearjerking that is only half-successful.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 11, 2005
Exquisitely cast and gorgeously photographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2005
The writer and director, Michael Schorr, is making his first film, but has the confidence and simplicity of someone who has been making films forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
April 30, 2005
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July 22, 2008

Boston Phoenix
March 12, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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