New Reviews

8 08 2012

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New reviews following recent NYC theater run:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Heartfelt documentary… a son’s attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent. This well-made film argues that Scott’s most significant achievements were his inventions of electronic instruments.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden [full review]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Both an exhaustive exhumation of a forgotten 20th-century genius and a tender, bittersweet requiem for a fractured family.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Bruce Bennett

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“On a personal level, this film tells a fascinating tale. The focus on Scott’s music and electronic experimentation remains strong throughout, thanks to an eclectic roster of musicians and scholars including JOHN WILLIAMS, JEFF E. WINNER, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH, and DJ SPOOKY.”

VARIETY, Ronnie Scheib

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A beautiful, personal look back on the man’s career;  it’s essential viewing.”

TIME OUT NEW YORK, Bruce Tantum

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Personal discoveries, instant payday loans, never-before-seen archival footage, and in-depth insights from a range of historians and collaborators shed light on one of the most intriguing composers and musical innovators of the 20th century.”

WIRED magazine, Geeta Dayal

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Undeniably poignant, providing plenty of fascinating details.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Frank Scheck

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Pays lavish tribute to the work of Raymond Scott.”  

NEW YORK POST, Lou Lumenick

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Informative and entertaining, it tells a loving, resonant story of an American original.”

HUFFINGTON POST, Regina Weinreich

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft.”

SLANT magazine, Kalvin Henely

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“It is a fascinating primer on Scott’s work. A portrait of Scott as a multi-hyphenate musical prodigy.”

VILLAGE VOICE, Simon Abrams

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Heartfelt and illuminating. Such honesty and pure, unadulterated compassion are rare traits in documentaries, so that makes it all the more extraordinary.”

NYC MOVIE GURU, Avi Offer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“The film ignites interest in anyone who sees it.”

—WNYC, Leonard Lopate

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Takes us into the enormous Raymond Scott archives, fascinating not just because of what they hold, but by their sheer scope and magnitude. Though the tone of this documentary is frank, it is mostly good-natured, revelatory and celebratory.”
★★★★ (4-Star Review)

—SPECTRUM CULTURE, Stacia Kissick Jones

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“An offbeat, intimate documentary.”

NEW YORK magazine

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A beautifully-produced testament to the legacy of an extremely brilliant musician and innovator. It scarcely seems possible that this much genius was crammed into a single brain, but this film captures it all in glorious detail. It all adds up to a 98-minute viewing experience that at times finds one awestruck. It’s a safe bet that, pending eligibility, a much-deserved Oscar nomination is just around the corner. By all means, SEE THIS FILM!”

NITELIFE EXCHANGE, Andrew Martin

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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14 08 2012
Gail Robinson

Stan, Nice to see these reviews; so glad to know your persistence has paid off…Great Job !!!

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