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Schultze Gets the Blues Reviews

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2005
He does, but you probably won't, especially from watching this movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2005
Like a lazy summer day in the Big Easy, the movie sneaks up on you.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 18, 2005
Schorr's award-winning film may be a bit on the slight side to some tastes, but it's a journey well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 12, 2005
Schultze Gets the Blues can get a little thin, but it never loses its sense of quiet, playful dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Miami Herald
March 11, 2005
In his first feature film, Schorr also shows a surprising confidence in his ability to sustain this joke for nearly two hours, which, like a zydeco dance party, is over before you know it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 11, 2005
A genuinely endearing soul, Schultze earns our admiration not because he indulges himself in a senior citizen's lark but because his journey, like our hero himself, has depths we hadn't suspected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 11, 2005
One of those movies where nothing whatsoever seems to happen until you look closely, at which point everything happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2005
Highly original, bittersweet comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 4, 2005
Michael Schorr's endearing little movie gets under your skin much like the music it celebrates, delivering a lilting paean to self-expression and second chances, even while it's tinged with distinctly minor-key grace notes.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 3, 2005
Writer-director Michael Schorr has made a sweet movie that takes its time at first but soon takes you over.
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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.
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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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 18, 2005
A sweet and charming treat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 17, 2005
Schultze Gets the Blues rediscovers the world through the astonished eyes of a retired German salt miner on a musical pilgrimage to the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 17, 2005
A rough-cut wonder, a movie that evolves from Teutonic inertia into a deadpan polka, a bouquet of edelweiss tossed into the melting pot.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 17, 2005
Schorr's delightfully deadpan comedy debut blew away the German box office, and once you let yourself sink into its gentle rhythms ... you'll see why.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2005
Minimalist but not austere, brimming with compassion but devoid of schmaltz.
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Edward Crouse
Village Voice
February 15, 2005
What hints at a wacky one-note polka -- staid, retired German miner and accordion hobbyist upends his life upon hearing zydeco -- ends up an intricate, becalmed take on a soul adrift.