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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Ends up musing perceptively on the American dream of wanderlust and its unintended consequences. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    What gives the story added insight - and detracts from it - is the personal quest of the filmmaker who bears the scars of having an itinerant rogue who was never around as a father. show more

  • 88
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Hovers intriguingly between homage and revenge. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The archival and interview footage is priceless. show more

  • 75
    Sara Wildberger Miami Herald

    A long overdue look at the man's art and an unself-pitying and unsparing exploration of her (his daughter's) relationship with him. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    The ballad as it turns out is a duet between a dad and his girl, who'd often rather accentuate the positive than exploit pain, quietly proving that she is her father's daughter. show more

  • 63
    Hannah Brown New York Post

    Bittersweet and often funny but overlong. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A rare treat for anyone interested in the American folk revival of early 1960s. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Ms. Elliott's film is, in part, an effort to reverse his slow slide into obscurity. On this level it's an unqualified success. show more

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