Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 30, 2012
    100
    Ornette isn't just a love letter to the liberty of jazz rhythms; it excels at expressing them.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 31, 2012
    90
    Years after its initial release, Ornette: Made in America, part of Milestone's continuing "Project Shirley," still feels fresh - its moves always surprising, yet always somehow perfect.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 31, 2012
    83
    Clarke started out as a dancer studying with Martha Graham, and much of Ornette has a dancelike swing and propulsion. What it doesn't provide is a cogent look at Coleman's artistry. This is not a jazz film for people who want to sit back and get mellow. The film itself is a species of jazz. It's offbeat without missing the beat.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    A funky, nonfiction tribute to the great avant-garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman, Ornette upends the staid portrait-of-the-artist formula, and it tinkers with and discards the conventions of the bio documentary just as its pioneering musician subject exploded those of jazz.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.
  6. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 28, 2012
    63
    Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 1, 2012
    60
    Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but is unlikely to attract a broad audience beyond those camps.

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