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Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars (15)


A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.
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The critical consensus

There is much here to relish but the film also often feels digressive and rambling, uncertain as to whether its main focus should be on the music or the life.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 11/01/2018

Lightly informative, though the film is as humourless and straight as its subject.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 11/01/2018

Lili Fini Zanuck’s painstaking account of the guitarist’s life ranges from his traumatic childhood through his battle with drugs and a racist outburst in the 70s to the tragic loss of his infant son.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/01/2018

Oddly fails in the much easier task of celebrating his musicianship.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/01/2018

The fact that Clapton survived and eventually found happiness provides an upbeat ending to this story of his often tortured, tormented life.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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