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Born to Be Blue

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Robert Budreau

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About the Movie

A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 111
  • Fresh: 98
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Hawke makes this sweeter, gentler Baker believable in a schoolgirl-diary way-this is the Baker we want to believe in when we lie back in the embrace of his trumpet sound. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Apr 18, 2016

Fresh: When Hawke's Baker finally slips out of the whiney loser persona and performs "My Funny Valentine," the scene evokes Baker's elusive melancholy and wistful torment, making the earlier fumblings worth the struggle. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 7, 2016

Fresh: Fine work from Hawke as a self-destructive jazz icon in this uneven but compelling drama. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Mar 31, 2016

Fresh: By the final act, it's chilling how much Hawke has transformed into the late-career musician, looking aged well beyond his years. – Pat Padua, Washington Post, Mar 31, 2016

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Customer Reviews

VERY GOOD - For Jazz Fans Only

First you would have to be a jazz fan and somewhat curious about the best or second best (after Mr. Davis) trumpet player of that era (50s - 60s). There was debate about best or second best (Baker vs. Davis) at that time. Chet is the icon of west-coast-cool. Having read quite a bit about Mr. Baker, the film is interpretive fiction based on a lot of fact—well done, well presented, and well acted. It's decidedly slanted more to the man than his music which adds to the film itself. The scenes of his going home to relearn his instrument, of which the trumpet is one of the more demanding ones, is well done. Mr. Hawke is to be commended for his portrayal of an insecure legend in the jazz world.

Born to Be Blue
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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