Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 91
    The only thing that tops Cave here is Cohen himself at the end, singing "Tower of Song" with U2.
  2. An affectionate and intimate celebration of the acclaimed troubadour in stirring music and words.
  3. A moving tribute to this legendary artist's life and career.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The accolades are typically gushing - Bono likens Cohen to Byron and Shelley.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Australian rocker Nick Cave talks of how discovering Cohen during his small-town youth "just changed things." Bono calls the singer "our Shelley, our Byron."
  6. I'm not generally a big fan of tribute concerts, but this is a glorious exception.
  7. 83
    If there's a calmer, more self-collected star out there, then he or she has hidden the fact pretty well.
  8. 80
    If you can't think of a crisis in your life that's tied to a Leonard Cohen song, then Canadian director Lian Lunson's velvety, exuberantly hagiographic film of a 2005 Sydney tribute concert to the Prince of Pain may not be the movie for you.
  9. Combines pieces of an extended interview with this Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and author, now 71, with a tribute concert organized by Hal Willner at the Sydney Opera House in January 2005.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Fetching little monument to the bard of rapturous bereavement.
  11. It's a fleeting but memorable image in a film that defines Leonard Cohen largely through the admiration of fellow artists, who performed his songs at a tribute concert last year at the opera house in Sydney, Australia. Their admiration borders on the reverential, but reverence doesn't get in the way of their performances, which are varied, impassioned and thrilling.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    75
    I'm Your Man has at its spiritual center a troubadour with a distinctive, cagey mellowness about him.
  13. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    75
    In some cases, the songs themselves shine most brightly.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    I'm Your Man movingly captures the artist's lifelong search for truth and beauty and his translation of it into song.
  15. 75
    Director Lian Lunson keeps the tone reverent, making I'm Your Man the cinematic equivalent of a testimonial dinner. But there's a place for that kind of film, particularly for subjects who've earned it.
  16. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    70
    The performances in the film are soul-saving.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Proves that few can maneuver one of Cohen's dusky, lovelorn songs like Cohen himself.
  18. The film comes to life when Cohen is on screen.
  19. 63
    In this muddled but marvelous blend of documentary and concert film, director Lian Lunson takes you down to a place where it's possible to look closely at the life and art of cult troubadour Leonard Cohen.
  20. The documentary seeks only to make a joyful noise, and is sometimes laboured in the love it so keenly wants to express. Then again, as Leonard would be the first to concede, there are worse sins than flawed worship.
  21. 60
    This is Lunson's debut picture and she's smart enough to keep the whole affair very simple.
  22. Succeeds best when it intensifies its focus on the work and life of its main subject, seen in interviews, home movies and in a climactic performance with Bono and the Edge on "Tower of Song."
  23. Offering both too little material and too much, the movie leaves us in the bizarre position of understanding its subject no better by the end than we did at the beginning.
  24. 50
    If you're going to make a documentary about Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter, you should have him perform some of his better-known melodies, like "Suzanne."
  25. 50
    This "Last Waltz"–like doc is almost funereal, full of reverent banalities spliced between overly folksy takes on melancholic Leonard Cohen bombshells.
  26. 50
    The net effect is one of frustration and will surely send Cohen compleatists back to their record collections for relief.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 7, 2006
    3
    I am a Cohen fan, but this film embarrassing. I am not sure what the director was trying to do, but she failed miserably (what was the deal with the random waitress with the red sparkling dress??). Bono, the Edge and company get their greasy finger in this one too. Aside from a few good performances this film offers not but frustration to Cohen fans. Save your money and go listen to 'Songs of Love & Hate', or read 'Parasites of Heaven.' Full Review »
  2. AdamM.
    Nov 16, 2006
    2
    I consider myself a Leonard Cohen fan, but this film was tedious at best. I mean no disrespect to artists like Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton, but surely they could have done better for a tribute concert to one of the greatest songwriters of all-time. But the fact that this tribute concert is the centrepeice of the film is part of the problem; I think a more effective documentary would have focused on interviews with Cohen interspersed with his own definitive performances of his own songs. Full Review »
  3. Wolfiefish
    Sep 15, 2006
    3
    I'm not a major fan, but I do own 2 Cohen cd's and think that he is a great song writer. I had my reservations about seeing this film, thinking it might be a dull affair. So I decided to check out the critics, and more importantly, the user reviews. I became interested after such positive comments and decided to go and see it. Metacritic! You let me down! I cannot believe there were no real bad reviews! This film stinks. It should have been called Leonard Cohens works get butchered in the style of a pub singer. (Nick Cave). Only Jarvis Cocker held his own on stage, and everyone else looked and sounded second rate. Maybe it's just my taste in music, but after I got back home I had to put some Cohen on again just to remind me what it was that I liked about the guy in the first place. Ok, the interviews with Cohen were interesting, at times inaudiable, but the comments by the "So called musicians" (Bono and the Edge) made me want to throw up. I fell asleep twice through this movie, and it was in an open air cinema. Don't see the film. Instead buy a bottle of wine, invite friends over and have a Cohen night in with your cd collection. Full Review »