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Wild Man Blues Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Carroll
August 9, 2002
An interesting documentary covering a tour of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz band. If you enjoy the music, or are a fan of all things Woody, then you should give this one a rental. Others probably wouldn't enjoy it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
What may surprise Woody's fans is that he is rarely funny in person and sometimes surprisingly inarticulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Here's hoping [Kopple] returns to more involving material now that the vacation is over.
October 16, 2007
The subject is Woody Allen, but anyone interested in his career as a writer, stand-up comedian, actor or filmmaker will learn little from Barbara Kopple's new documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Not quite the type of political punchiness one would expect from Kopple, but it does answer a lot of questions about Allen who obviously had a strong hand in the film's compilation.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2007
It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
If you'd like to see what 90 minutes of Woody's neurotic home life is like, punctuated by some clarinet blowing, this is the movie for you.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Craftsmanship and wit are as present here as in [director Barbara Kopple's] more socially-minded, dramatic work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is a most relaxed and enjoyable look at the neurotic comic, who appears to be no different in this documentary from the way he is in his films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
There is a quiet agenda here of keeping the personal relationship visible, natural, and low keyed.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 13, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
David Bartholomew
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Whatever one thinks about Woody Allen, you'll probably find it in here, except why Americans don't much turn out to see his movies.
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
If Woody Allen is unable to experience pleasure, he can rest assured that he continues to give it to his devoted followers.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Compelling, revealing and very human.
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