Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle Image
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  • Summary: Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Fallon and others perform in honor of the Wainwrights' mother, Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 27, 2013
    80
    If you somehow manage to stay dry-eyed through the concert numbers, the end should set you bawling.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 26, 2013
    67
    Lian Lunson’s camera allows the music to take center stage via straightforward, graceful compositions—close-ups and medium shots dominate, and edits are kept to a relative minimum—that allow for long, unbroken views of the artists at forceful, mournful work.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Harris
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    Given that the entire show and film is dedicated to McGarrigle, you wish this exquisitely made, undeniably moving family album featured even more of the singer herself.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    As a musical experience, it is generous and moving. But as a documentary, “Sing Me the Songs” is an awkward hybrid of concert film and rock-star biography.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    There are a handful of moments to entrance a non-fan. When the musicians and singers assemble to sing “Proserpina,” the last song McGarrigle ever wrote, with its haunting refrain (“Come home to Mama”), the effect is transcendent.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    10
    This film is profoundly beautiful.
    I (quite ignorantly) did not know Kate McGarrigle or her music before and only watched it beacuse I adore
    This film is profoundly beautiful.
    I (quite ignorantly) did not know Kate McGarrigle or her music before and only watched it beacuse I adore the Wainwright siblings, but in the end, I cried for her along with all those on the concert stage...which is a lie, because I actually cried the whole time.
    Amazing.
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