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  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Patrick McGrady's documentary strains to reconcile its conflicting moods, but Fry's gushing enthusiasm for the subject is ultimately if sometimes queasily infectious. show more

  • 80

    Somehow, without soft-pedaling the nastier angles of Wagner's life and legacy, Wagner & Me lands on the side of joy and defiance - broadly speaking, Fry decides not to let the terrorists win. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    To truly appreciate Wagner & Me, a BBC documentary getting a spotty theatrical release in this country, you have to cherish the music of Richard Wagner with the same quivering intensity as host Stephen Fry. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    While the documentary offers some insights into the pervertion of art for ideological purposes, too much of it simply finds Fry standing in dumbfounded awe of the holy sites that populate his journey. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Most of the time, though, Fry is an unabashed appreciator. He paws at costumes, thrills to touch Wagner's own piano, and looks right at the camera to apologize for being so excited. It's the light, charming touch absent in Wagner - and proof that both of the famous men referred to in the title benefit from each other's association. show more

  • 60
    The New York Times

    In the documentary Wagner & Me, the actor Stephen Fry, an ardent admirer of the music of Richard Wagner, wrestles with a longstanding problem for Wagner fans: how to reconcile that composer's musical genius with his racism. show more

  • 60
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    For Fry, the music's complexity, ambiguity, innovation and humanity far surpass Wagner's personal limitations. He may not convince his viewers of the rightness of his conclusions, but he certainly makes a fervent case for the triumph of art over biography. show more

  • 50
    The A.V. Club

    Fry is Jewish, and his wrestling with what it means to venerate the music of someone who wrote of his revulsion for Jews adds a fascinating personal angle to this otherwise dry film. show more

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