Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

The legendary 18-time Grammy Award-winner is profiled in this documentary tribute directed by Oscar-winning producer Lili Fini Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy).

"Clapton grew up with an inferiority complex. He struggled with the demands of the music business, tumultuous love affairs, drug addiction, and the tragic loss of his young son. The film traces how he coped with these challenges, for better and for worse, before establishing a family with his second wife, Melia McEnery. We come away with a deeper sense of what has inspired so much memorable music." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language and drug use133 minsUK
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Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Clapton obsessives will cream their jeans at Lili Fini Zanuck’s access-all-areas documentary. But for the agnostics the question remains: how on earth do you get to the bottom of such a confounding man?

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Variety

Variety

The first 90 minutes or so here are gold ... even if fans might wish for more detail on the dizzying number of fabled bands Clapton formed and/or played with over a 10-year span.

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Time Out

Time Out

The first hour is particularly noodly, presenting a lonely, isolated young Clapton finding solace in music.

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The Times

The Times

This is a dark and honest heartbreaker, built around a trio of tragedies.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

As a musical biography, this comes up short; it plays substantially better as a story of recovery and recovered integrity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is almost unbelievable that Clapton found peace and sobriety after this, but he did. It's an absorbing tribute.

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Stuff

Stuff

An insightful, fascinating and surprisingly frank documentary.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Clapton simply hasn't anything profound or insightful to say about these episodes that you don't already get from his music.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A rock-doc less vibrant than most.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A deeply personal, finely judged tour through the dark life of one of the world’s greatest guitar players.

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