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British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Fetishes, Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood Madam) made this portrait of the late rock-star Kurt Cobain and his widow, musician and actress Courtney Love. Beginning with the 27-year-old Cobain's April 1994 suicide, Broomfield traces Cobain's Aberdeen, Washington, childhood and rise to fame, and the 1992 marriage of Cobain and Love, outlining the drug habits the two shared and exploring various "conspiracy" theories surrounding Cobain's death. Legal complications yanked this film both from a scheduled December 1997 BBC airing and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Our culture has notoriously short attention spans and memories, but Kurt and Courtney goes a long way toward undoing the meticulous public relations campaign that Love has orchestrated in an effort to whitewash her tarnished image."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"We do get a strong sense that Love is a loose cannon with a short fuse. But in a freewheeling documentary about a drug-addled rock-star couple that hardly qualifies as a news flash."
‑ David Bianculli, New York Daily News
"Simply put, the guerrilla filmmaker gives great dish."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"[Broomfield] relishes portraying [Love] as a hypocrite, who stands up for free speech while attempting to manipulate and intimidate the media at the same time."
‑ , Film4
"UK shockumentarian Nick Broomfield's investigation into the death of rock idol Kurt Cobain exudes a near-irresistible freak-show fascination."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The true circumstances of Cobain's death remain cloudy, but one comes away from the film unnerved by the distance travelled."
‑ Daphne Merkin, New Yorker
"It would be one mondo bizarro freak show but for the participation of some who clearly cared for the troubled young Cobain."
‑ Michele Greppi, New York Post
"Broomfield has always employed a blend of charm and innocence to expose the frailties of his subjects. But here that tactic somewhat backfires."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This is a dirty piece of work, and everyone it touches -- especially audiences -- deserved better."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"I didn't learn too much about Cobain, but got a fascinating insight into the mind of Love."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Kurt and Courtney is an entertaining swim through the muck of the rock underworld. But as journalism, it's an utterly sloppy piece of work."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"We're left with only one credible impression of Courtney Love: That she is incredibly ambitious. What a shock!"
‑ Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
"The movie isn't so much about Kurt or Courtney as it is about shabby lives in the shadow of fame."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Sharp, daring, revealing and often splutteringly funny."
‑ , Total Film
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