90

Film Threat

Everyone involved with the film brings their top talents to the fore, and the result is a touching, heartbreaking and an ultimately honest personal experience.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Filmmaker AJ Schnack's hauntingly beautiful film is a bold and successful attempt to recover the human being who disappeared under the heavy mantle of "face and voice of a lost generation," and whose life has been increasingly overshadowed by his sensational early death in 1994.
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
Even without the oral history, this trippy exploration of Cobain's earthy habitations would be worth seeing as a "Koyaanisqatsi" for the Puget Sound area.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
No single film or book can dispel the cloud of enigma surrounding Kurt Cobain, but simply sitting in the dark and hearing him talk to you for 90 minutes, while the dreary gray-green beauty of his home state moves through your eyeballs and into your brain, goes a pretty long way.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a study in human behavior, describing how a self-confessed "emotional wreck," through accident and ambition, talent and temperament, became a star.
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75

Boston Globe

By Joan Anderman
A lovely piece of filmmaking, a gripping, minimalist marriage of sound and image.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Be advised that this is no ordinary music doc. There are no talking heads and no performance footage of Nirvana. In fact, there's no Nirvana music at all. Instead, Schnack gives us other artists' music that had an effect on the troubled rocker.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A true gift to fans of this important musician.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Near the end, we hear Cobain reveal his disdain for adults who “can’t even pretend, or at least have enough courtesy for their children, to talk to one another civilly.” A painful and unexpected moment.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Never penetrates Cobain's circumstances or character.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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