Lou Reed's Berlin
Lou Reed's Berlin (2008)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Julian Schnabel expertly captures the dark melancholy of Lou Reed's misunderstood concept album in this moving concert documentary.

Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Rafer Guzman

For die-hard Reed fans, it's an invaluable document.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A Lou Reed concert film that I connected with despite it being a downer.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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?

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Leo Goldsmith
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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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Those who admire Reed will find that Schnabel's film allows the music to speak for itself against its rather messy background.

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Walter M.
"Lou Reed's Berlin" is a concert performance by Lou Reed and lots of friends of his critically panned 1973 album at St. Ann's Warehouse in… More
William Goss
Schnabel's indulgent and artsy flourishes distract from the potent enough power of Reed's music.