Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

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, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • An emotionally raw and respectful portrait of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner marks another unflinchingly honest documentary from director Morgan Neville.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    The movie wants to celebrate the life of someone who left his mark. It also hopes to explore the gap between those two poles. That it only comes mildly close to succeeding in the latter respect doesn't detract from the sheer pleasure of his company.
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    Sophie GilbertThe Atlantic
    "I want to make a film about why he was who he was"... For the next two hours, Roadrunner seems to dodge all the parts of its subject's life that might offer concrete answers to Neville's question.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    The documentary is a mere encyclopedia-like info-product, which reduces its rich audiovisual archival material and its heartfelt interviews with people who knew and loved Bourdain to freeze-dried sound and image bites.
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    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I don't think it works particularly as well as a deep exploration of some of the weightier topics it touches on -- like mental illness or addiction -- but it's a really cathartic tribute for all of his fans who still miss him dearly.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Overall, I found it compelling. It's a well-made portrait of a fascinating, witty, and complicated man.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    If you miss Anthony Bourdain - and for many, the celebrity chef's death in 2018 felt like the loss of a close and troubled friend - Morgan Neville's "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain" is a salve.
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    Susan Grangerwww.susangranger.com
    Melville Norville delves into Bourdain's suicide in this absorbing, perceptive, empathetic documentary.
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    Pete Vonder HaarHouston Press
    Maybe next time the quote-unquote documentary filmmaker could seek out an interview with the person he all but accuses of driving his subject to suicide.
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    Cory WoodroofNashville Scene
    Bourdain may be gone, but Roadrunner stands as a grand testament to who he was and how he continues to live on through those who keep his open-minded sensibilities close to their heart.
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    Chad ByrnesL.A. Weekly
    The movie's emotional currency and unabashed passion helps it transcend its somewhat basic architecture. It's a messy affair, but then again so was Bourdain.
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