“Perhaps the best documentary
about a jazz musician ever made - The film is spellbinding from beginning
to end. It offers a moving, intimate portrayal of Martino as a person,
a musical icon and someone who had undergone a traumatic loss of
memory and made a miraculous recovery. It's a deeply personal testament." -
Victor L. Schermer All About Jazz - read
full review and interviews here.
"Pat Martino, the admired jazz guitarist is the protagonist of
a story that is more Hollywood than Hollywood." "...
this is an absorbing and remarkable work, a complete study of the capacity
of the brain and soul to overcome the worst situations." - In-Edit,
"With both a thoughtfully written script and
a skillful production, ...Martino: Unstrung is completely absorbing
and manages to avoid the myopic cliché that leave so many documentaries
about musicians flat and formulaic. ...It succeeds by investigating
the many sides of Martino’s story and tying them together through the
lens of his brain disease."
"Although there are some very tasty clips of Martino’s band rehearsing that would
make any jazz guitar junkie pay strict attention, this film would be interesting
if Martino were a painter or sculptor instead of a world class musician. And
that may be exactly why this documentary is so intriguing - it portrays the human
fragility that we all share, genius or not." - John Huntley, Just
Jazz Guitar magazine.