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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Reviews

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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
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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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2007
There might be genuine Walker fans who wish to see their forgotten hero given his due, but those who have not acquired that strange taste will find the film hard to take unless it is viewed as a dead-on parody.
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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
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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
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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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
April 27, 2007
A treat for anyone interested in the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 26, 2007
An unhesitating recommendation for fans and neophytes alike.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 10, 2007
This stylish documentary cleverly examines one of the most influential artists of the past 40 years, telling his personal story and vividly showing his impact on the industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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
David Mattin
April 27, 2007
A pitch-perfect, and hilarious, spoof on pop industry pretension and the biopic format.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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
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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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 30, 2007
A riveting documentary.
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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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Eddie Cockrell
March 6, 2007
Longtime fans of Walker's warm, sepulchral baritone, startlingly evocative songwriting and lushly imaginative instrumentation will rejoice at this revealing docu.
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