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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
May 12, 2010
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man gestures toward Walker's own process, as he has been and continues to think through the possibilities of sound.
Chris Cabin
June 11, 2009
For Walker fans, I imagine 30 Century Man will come as a bit of a vindication, having the knowledge that they knew this world before it had been fully documented and made ready for public consumption
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 6, 2009
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (which takes its title from a Walker-penned song) makes a fascinating case that in the years that followed, Walker became the music equivalent of a 'poet's poet.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Simels
Boxoffice Magazine
March 5, 2009
Director Stephen Kijak's profile of reclusive pop icon Scott Walker is one of the most remarkable music documentaries in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2009
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man chronicles the career of musician Scott Walker, an enigmatic figure whose influence far outreaches his relative obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 25, 2009
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is the latest in a mini-wave of pop-music docs, like The Devil and Daniel Johnston, that try to inflate cult figures into lost geniuses.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
Those unfamiliar with [Scott Walker] or, especially, those who don't like his music, will be only moderately engaged and ultimately underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
January 23, 2009
Director Stephen Kijak not only got a composed, almost warm interview out of Walker, but he filmed some of the sessions for Walker's latest adventuresome recording project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 23, 2009
By actually playing the music and allowing this commentary, Kijak hits upon a kind of astute music criticism, and an argument for music as challenging as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 19, 2008
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man glosses over the depression and alcoholism that have bedeviled Walker as well as any relationships he might have had. But that doesn't make the film any less interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 19, 2008
One of the best music documentaries ever made, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man will have you yearning to learn more and fully immerse yourself in its subject.
Nora Lee Mandel
December 17, 2008
Breathlessly details the step-by-step evolution of an enigmatic musical artist within pop culture from the 1960s on to the avant-garde, though little about the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 17, 2008
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, is the story of and oracular singer, experimental composer, British-based American expatriate and reclusive cult figure.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
December 16, 2008
The doc's biggest revelation may be the extent of his stardom, even as he began to explore bawdy Jacques Brel chansons and psychedelic dada crooning.
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Hank Shteamer
Time Out
December 10, 2008
Stephen Kijak's 30 Century Man hacks away at the mythology surrounding the enigmatic artist, proving that his about-face wasn't nearly as abrupt as it often seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 30, 2007
A riveting documentary.

Independent (UK)
April 27, 2007
A ghostly, sonorous boom that sometimes feels like the loneliest sound in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 27, 2007
The proof of the pig is in the pounding: it sounds good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 27, 2007
In an era when revivalism rules, Walker, for good or for bad, continues to plough a lonely but fascinating modernist furrow.
Andrew Pulver
April 27, 2007
There's an undeniable rock-nerd edge here, as one talking head after another showers praise on the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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