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Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A loving biographical tribute. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's real joy in O'Day's eyes - and larynx - as she bobs and weaves through an amazing songbook. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An engaging if less than revelatory documentary. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here was a great artist. She enjoyed her life. She didn't complain at the time, she didn't complain when she went cold turkey, she didn't complain in her 80s. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Swinging gleefully on a sun-soaked afternoon, crafting strangely intoxicating phrases, O’Day could do no wrong on that afternoon at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island in 1958. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A high point shows O'Day, in a black-and-white hat and form-fitting dress, singing "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the Newport Jazz Festival. That scene alone confirms O'Day's place among the greats. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Offers what her fans came to expect from the "Jezebel of Jazz": great music. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    How was this careless, self-destructive human rhythm machine able to outlast almost all her peers? Maybe the vitality of the jazz she made kept her alive. She was one tough lady. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    A good deal livelier than the usual music-doc embalming. show more

  • 70
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    Force of personality and terrific vintage performance clips make a keeper of Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer. show more

  • November 12, 2008 PJD1OF3
    Report This User

    This is an exceptional documentary. I had never heard of Anita O'Day but was intrigued after reading the review in the NYTimes - was one of Stephen Holden's critic's picks. I was mesmerized and inspired by the life she lived. She was a true survivor in every sense of the word. The film was wonderfully made, the graphics and the music which accompanied Ms. O'Day's candid interviews really gave you a feel for the era. The film flew by and the performances left you wanting more.

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