• Release Date: Nov 3, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: KJ Doughton
    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
    As discomfortingly fascinating as listening to a couple's heated argument at a table near yours in a restaurant.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    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
    Wild Man Fischer's music is disarmingly honest and heartfelt, but even its charms can't save Derailroaded from ending up a train wreck.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. jackb.
    Nov 10, 2005
    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. Full Review »
  2. JamesD.
    Nov 4, 2005
    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! Full Review »