The film opened theatrically in New York, but had its premiere beginning of this year at the Sundance Festival. Reviews below, click and get them in full length. Many superlatives but if you read the full review from NY Times, you will find several reservations made. Anyway, looking fwd to watch this one about (one of?) the greatest screen actors, a story more or less told by himself through the sound tapes he recorded.
Sure to hold surprises for even those obsessives whove absorbed every Brando performance and factoid.
It’s a blast to hear Marlon Brando talking about his life in “Listen to Me Marlon,” which is almost entirely narrated by the actor, largely through snippets of audio recordings he made over decades.
Manohla Dargis·New York Times
The man himself is endlessly fascinating, so it’s hard to fault a movie that ditches anything extraneous (especially talking-head testimonials) in order to let him tell his own story in his own words.
Mike D’Angelo·A.V. Club
Although movies about celebrities are often fatuous and superfluous, that’s anything but the case with Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon.”
Joe Morgenstern·Wall Street Journal
Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film, and it’s no coincidence that it’s about film’s greatest and most searching actor.
It’s as if Marlon Brando knew someday someone would go through the tape archive to try to discover what made him tick.
Jordan Hoffman·New York Daily News
Photo from ”A Streetcar Named Desire”, Elia Kazan, 1951.