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Lou Reed: Berlin

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About the Movie

Staging Berlin has been discussed for over 30 years and in December of 2006 it became a reality. Berlin was said to be one of the most depressing albums ever made but as it was brought to life it was far from dismal. In 2006, Susan Feldman the artistic director of St. Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn approached Lou Reed about performing his album Berlin in its entirety. Reed accepted and invited acclaimed director and artist Julian Schnabel to design the sets for the performance. Having been an enormous admirer of the album since its release, Schnabel set about making a film that would reach beyond Brooklyn.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In Julian Schnabel's grimly majestic concert film Lou Reed's Berlin, Mr. Reed wears the deadpan smirk of a Zen master who has endured punishing Buddhist training. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This luminously shot concert movie reveals that Berlin is far from the lost masterpiece the movie wants it to be. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: As shot by the incomparable Ellen Kuras, the concert retains a rich organic feel, complementing the music without over-determining it. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's Reed's gruff and tuneless delivery that challenges one's enjoyment. – Anthony Quinn, Independent (UK), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Return to dismal

If the film at all resembles the trailer shown here then it's likely an accurate reproduction of "the most depressing album ever made". There is little chance it will "reach beyond Brooklyn."


A must have for Lou Reed fans.

The Distortion Noise at Nazi Headquarters in the 70's...

Lou Reed is a Proven, Capable Artist... But If You are On a Near Toxic Dose of he clearly was in this Album and era- Then- Distorting chords on a guitar, the timing was off (drugs) the Mood of the music was (depressing- as agreed by most) Dismal (drugs- side effect is depression) and a tour is a lot of work rehearsing- Meaning you'd have to show up and work at it...(drugs) which would cut into a majority chunk of the Day limiting "using time"- so, It's pretty Evident all across the board- although, I appreciate the attempt to re-market the old stuff, in a more sobering play, but problem is- that it's just Not Good music to work with-period. And Not near what Lou Reed is capable of putting out. But you can't go back and make it into something it's Not. As evidenced by this movie