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Throw Down Your Heart Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 6, 2009
This is an honest journey into discovery that reveals the connection music brings between cultures where commonality is not always easy to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2009
Fleck is an ideal protagonist for a film about the adhesive power of music and inadequacy of speech. Even as the plot sags and he grasps clumsily for words, his fingers on the strings are almost momentum enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 24, 2009
The movie is at least 20 minutes too long. By the time Fleck gets to the final stop, Mali, the film, directed by Sascha Paladino (a half-brother of Fleck), has worn out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2009
When Ms. Sangare sings a heartbreaking lament of "a worried songbird" searching for her father, you don't need to know the language to be gripped by the force of her cry.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2009
Fleck comes across as respectfully curious and eagerly collaborative while exploring the roots of his favorite musical instrument.
April 22, 2009
All the jams are fabulously stirring but not sappy, especially when Fleck duels with a Gambian man on a three-string akonting (forefather to the banjo), but there's nothing more to the film.
April 20, 2009
The film fails as a personal diary due to Fleck's unflappable aloofness, and the performance footage is rendered unsatisfying by frequent interjections of expository material or cutaways to seaside B-roll that seems photographed for tourist brochures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2009
It's an entertaining journey, and director Sascha Paladino injects humor and pathos into the musical sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4