I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco
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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco
A chronicle which follows alternative-country-turned-rock-band Wilco's recording of their fourth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (the album was released to critical acclaim by Nonesuch Records). Initially intended to follow the collaborative process of this handful of very creative artists making a highly anticipated album, director Sam Jones soon had unexpected human drama and corporate intrigue to contend with when the band started breaking apart and their now-acclaimed new album was rejected by their label, Reprise Records.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is there enough material to merit a documentary on the making of Wilco's last album?"
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The film doesn't show enough of the creative process or even of what was created for the non-fan to figure out what makes Wilco a big deal."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Even if you have never heard a Wilco album, the film is a great introduction to the band's music and the pain that goes into making it."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"More about the alchemical nature of movies than the band or their music, the picture is among the very best of the year."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The recording session is the only part of the film that is enlightening -- and how appreciative you are of this depends on your level of fandom."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"If you aren't already a fan of Wilco, a critical darling led by the talented and wily songwriter Jeff Tweedy, the film does little to enlighten or recruit."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It is an often overlooked gem of a movie, chronicling the creative process of making a personal record in more detail than has even been seen. Also, the film is helped tremendously by some great music from Wilco, and a ironic, triumphant twist of real-lif"
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"An interesting look behind the scenes of Chicago-based rock group Wilco..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is full of strong performances, Jones' film is less about the music than it is about the music business."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Jones gives the faithful a surprisingly intimate portrait of the guardedly vulnerable Tweedy, along with a wealth of potent performance footage that captures Wilco in all its battered and unbowed glory."
‑ Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Woven together handsomely, recalling sixties' rockumentary milestones from Lonely Boy to Don't Look Back."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Fortunately for Wilco, who have a passion for excellence, creative freedom, and innovation, Jones's camera recorded footage at the scene of a crime against art."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man's art, it's priceless."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Not only does this musical documentary showcase a band that's at the top of its form ... it also serves as indictment of the ridiculously shallow, pre-fab music industry in general."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"By candidly detailing the politics involved in the creation of an extraordinary piece of music, [Jones] calls our attention to the inherent conflict between commerce and creativity."
‑ Micky Michalec, Orlando Weekly
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