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  • 90
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will. show more

  • 100
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Ornette isn't just a love letter to the liberty of jazz rhythms; it excels at expressing them. show more

  • 80
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

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