Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott Image
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  • Summary: The feature-length documentary is a music-filled biographical film about the life and work of Raymond Scott. It also is a personal investigation into the father/son dynamic — what it means to have a famous father obsessed with his work and the consequent impact on the parent/child relationship.(Waterfall Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 13, 2012
    88
    The best evidence of this troubled man's genius is provided by ample samples of his music, much of which will be familiar to fans of Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    Like "My Architect," Nathaniel Kahn's film about his father, Louis I. Kahn, this documentary is a son's attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent.
  3. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jul 10, 2012
    63
    The documentary is a work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 12, 2012
    60
    Though the picture meanders somewhat in the absence of a clear throughline, the focus on Scott's music and electronic experimentation remains strong throughout, thanks to an eclectic roster of musicians and scholars and a generous sampling of his compositions.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jul 10, 2012
    60
    Deconstructing Dad might be a messy biography, but it is a fascinating primer on Scott's work.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 13, 2012
    50
    The scattershot results, while admittedly providing plenty of fascinating details, doesn't quite do its subject justice.