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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Nov 28, 2012
    100
    The combination of compelling subject with an exciting and expert approach to documentary form achieves that transcendence you hope for in this genre: a melding of subject and text that is its own beast but also perfectly reflect each other.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 27, 2012
    100
    An aggressively unpleasant man somehow lands a perfect series of gigs in this rudely funny documentary: first as a pounding rock drummer who revolutionized the field; then as a fearless, rage-filled polo player; and finally as an impatient interviewee.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 29, 2012
    88
    A fantastically entertaining biography.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 28, 2012
    83
    Beware Of Mr. Baker is the life story of a man who's led one hell of a fascinating life.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 28, 2012
    83
    Spitting obscenities at the film's director, Jay Bulger, Baker recalls his days as: the '60s thrash caveman who gave Cream and Blind Faith their transcendent power surge; the pioneer of druggy hotel-room rampages; and the damaged purist who left the pop world for Africa. The movie salutes the rhythms and the wreckage.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 27, 2012
    83
    Beware of Mister Baker won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, perhaps because it was the best embodiment of a recent trend in the non-fiction realm.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    May 19, 2013
    80
    Like Spinal Tap's more seriously older brother, Jay Bulger's fond but unsparingly honest film is a treat for fans and music lovers. A juicy slice of rock history.
  8. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 24, 2013
    80
    Writer-director Jay Bulger combines warts-heavy interview footage of Baker with vivid archival bits, concert clips, jaunty animation and chats with various musical greats to paint a lively portrait of yet another brilliant but wildly self-destructive artist.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 27, 2012
    80
    In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art. One former collaborator of Baker's, John Lydon (a/k/a Rotten), comes up with the most eloquent absolution: "I cannot question anyone with end results that perfect."
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 30, 2013
    75
    Take that sign at the entrance to his Tulbagh, South Africa compound seriously – "Beware of Mr. Baker."
  11. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    This is warts and all, with the emphasis on the warts.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Nov 26, 2012
    75
    Jay Bulger's seemingly erratic documentary formally channels Ginger Baker's almost defiant refusal to lead a life that adheres to a linear narrative.
  13. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Mr. Bulger, a former boxer and model before he turned to journalism and then filmmaking, does not let "Behind the Music" sensationalism overwhelm the music itself, which is Mr. Baker's great passion and the only reason anyone should take an interest in him.
  14. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 26, 2012
    70
    One of rock's underheralded pioneers gets his due in Beware of Mr. Baker, an affectionate but unfawning portrait that finds the drummer of Cream still keeping the beat despite hardships both institutional and self-inflicted (heavy on the latter).
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Nov 26, 2012
    70
    When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead.
  16. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 29, 2012
    60
    Miserable individuals do tend to make for interesting subject matter, and this would be far more of a dry biography without its willfully eccentric lead. Plus, if the crankiness gets to you, tune it out and focus on the music. That's what Clapton did.

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