Beware Of Mr. Baker
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At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin addiction, went a long way to making him persona non grata even among the music… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's refreshing to watch a music doc, especially one with such intimate access to its subject, in which barely anyone is unreservedly polite about the person in question."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
""Beware of Mr. Baker" is comprehensive, if somewhat overly glowing."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An entertaining doc on the volatile but great jazz and rock drummer, the controversial London born Ginger Baker."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bleakly entertaining, Beware of Mr Baker neither eulogises nor patronises its subject; one day (though possibly not soon), Baker may take it upon himself to say thanks."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"An interesting character study interspersed with classic rock, jazz and Afrobeat clips. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less."
‑ Mark Asch, Little White Lies
"Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The constantly gripping film is adroitly assembled."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's a broadly forgiving portrait of an impossible, irascible talent, who seems to have treated life much like his instrument."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Entertaining documentary about the notoriously cantankerous drummer..."
‑ Michael Bonner, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"Ginger Baker is, and was, a train wreck. Yet this film, like Baker's onstage playing, is always riveting, and something you can't look away from."
‑ Charles Cross, Seattle Times
"This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"With no preconceptions, I found this to be one of the films of the year - an extraordinary story about an even more astonishing talent."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"We are always being told that books and movies have to have "sympathetic" lead characters - well, here's a documentary that does very well without one."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's all insanely enjoyable."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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