Wild Man Blues
Wild Man Blues (1998)

Barbara KoppleŐs entertaining and occasionally illuminating documentary about Woody AllenŐs 1995 jazz band tour of Europe divides its time between the concert commitments and the quiet times with Allen and future wife Soon-Yi Previn.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Rooney
Variety

Kopple's discreet, quietly revelatory style creates a fine balance between public and private personae that veers more pointedly toward the personal in an incongruous but fascinating coda.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

[Kopple's] made a greatly enjoyable film, but you can't help wondering if she's fallen under her subject's spell.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.

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Film4

There's only one certain conclusion: Woody Allen finds it terrifically uncomfortable being Woody Allen.

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Time Out

It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.

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Tom Meek
Film Threat

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
It's great to see Woody in his natural habitat - his neurotic tendencies, his anxiety, and most particularly, his love for Soon-Yi. She's a lot… More