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  • Summary: In this shocking and sensitive 86-minute journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, we follow his discordant encounters in the music business. You will be moved, amazed, repelled, and ultimately come to know what it is like to beIn this shocking and sensitive 86-minute journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of paranoid-schizophrenic Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, we follow his discordant encounters in the music business. You will be moved, amazed, repelled, and ultimately come to know what it is like to be profoundly derailroaded. (Ubin Twinz Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: KJ Doughton
    90
    Do we really want to live in a world void of "Wild Man" Fischers, and all their unique forms of creative expression? Savor the fascinating, thought-provoking Derailroaded, and you be the judge.
  2. 75
    You don't have to be crazy to sing like Larry "Wild Man" Fischer -- subject of Josh Rubin's reverential documentary Derailroaded -- but it helps.
  3. Larry (Wild Man) Fischer, the psychotic songwriter and performer (found to be both paranoid-schizophrenic and bipolar) is sympathetically profiled in Josh Rubin's documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    As discomfortingly fascinating as listening to a couple's heated argument at a table near yours in a restaurant.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    50
    In spite of its sympathy, Derailroaded veers into reality-TV voyeurism whenever the former street singer bemoans his lack of fame or breaks into childish caterwauling.
  6. 50
    Having a Rutgers psychology professor comment on Fischer's general symptoms is downright amateurish. In a documentary about a living subject, conclusions are better drawn through rigorous observation, not explained away in some tidy pop-psychological portraiture.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Tillman
    40
    Wild Man Fischer's music is disarmingly honest and heartfelt, but even its charms can't save Derailroaded from ending up a train wreck.
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  1. JamesD.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    I saw this film in Jacksonville and fell in love with it. Rubin does a great job with Larry and the entire genre of outsider music. In a I saw this film in Jacksonville and fell in love with it. Rubin does a great job with Larry and the entire genre of outsider music. In a movie about exploiting a rocker, Rubin does a wonderful job of not doing so (exploiting Larry). I recommend this film to anyone who appreciates art and the artist. Go see it! Expand
  2. jackb.
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    I saw Derailroaded in Austin. It made me laugh,cry, and think,as it gave the audience a small look at the love hate relationships Larry had I saw Derailroaded in Austin. It made me laugh,cry, and think,as it gave the audience a small look at the love hate relationships Larry had with friends, himself, and life in general . Was Derailroaded the last exploitaton of Larry Fischer.Or 86 minutes of affirmaton that his creativity was noticed and important to the entertainment world? I think the latter. Expand