Wild Man Blues
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"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."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"[Kopple's] made a greatly enjoyable film, but you can't help wondering if she's fallen under her subject's spell."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Craftsmanship and wit are as present here as in [director Barbara Kopple's] more socially-minded, dramatic work."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This is a very fine film, especially for film buffs and fans of Woody Allen."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's only one certain conclusion: Woody Allen finds it terrifically uncomfortable being Woody Allen."
‑ , Film4
"Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Here's hoping [Kopple] returns to more involving material now that the vacation is over."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny."
‑ , Time Out
"Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"An interesting documentary covering a tour of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz band. If you enjoy the music, or are a fan of all things Woody, then you should give this one a rental. Others probably wouldn't enjoy it."
‑ Larry Carroll, Countingdown.com
"What may surprise Woody's fans is that he is rarely funny in person and sometimes surprisingly inarticulate."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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