Lou Reed's Berlin
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Lou Reed recorded the album Berlin in 1973. It was a commercial failure. Over the next 33 years, he never performed the album live. For five nights in December 2006 at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn, Lou Reed performed his masterwork about love's dark sisters: jealousy, rage and loss.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Reed's dour, bombastic song-suite about the lives of the drug-addicted and downtrodden steadily acquired cult cachet over the decades, peaking with its staging as a complete-album concert in 2006, which Lou Reed's Berlin documents."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"For die-hard Reed fans, it's an invaluable document."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"A Lou Reed concert film that I connected with despite it being a downer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's Reed's gruff and tuneless delivery that challenges one's enjoyment."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Reed's unmistakable lilting groan has real pain in it, hinting at a real but undisclosed personal story behind the music."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Who could have guessed that nearly 35 years after its release, Lou Reed's once-reviled concept album Berlin would inspire a sold-out concert, shot with loving awe by Julian Schnabel?"
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"In Julian Schnabel's grimly majestic concert film Lou Reed's Berlin, Mr. Reed wears the deadpan smirk of a Zen master who has endured punishing Buddhist training."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Schnabel's set design, onstage projections, and postproduction add a good deal of visual noise to Reed & company's aural variety, which reproduces the album with a mixture of professional exactitude and unpredictable cacophony."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
"Reed, who's looking more and more like a Bond villain, comes close to smiling at one point, although the chances are you won't."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"An entirely watchable concert movie, providing depressing songs are your thing."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Those who admire Reed will find that Schnabel's film allows the music to speak for itself against its rather messy background."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"For devotees only, I'm guessing."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"If you don't like the music, there's nothing to see here."
‑ , Total Film
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