The Wrecking Crew Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 16, 2015
I doubt there will be a more entertaining documentary this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jon Bream
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 16, 2015
A must-see for liner-note readers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 7, 2015
The movie really shines in interviews with the Crew themselves, taking on the feeling of an old reunion. These oldies are indeed golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
April 2, 2015
Good-natured look at the virtuoso workhorses of classic rock and pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 27, 2015
A music-filled, appreciative but not fawning account of the session musicians who helped make so many of the 1960s' records great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 26, 2015
"The Wrecking Crew" succeeds as important cultural history. But it's also deeply personal for Tedesco ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News
March 24, 2015
It can be uncomfortable to pull back the curtain on some of the most beloved rock songs of all time. Yet, it's worth it in order to meet The Wrecking Crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
March 22, 2015
Pays fond tribute to the musicians who were behind so much of the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of boomers' lives [as] an insiders' memoir . . . in loose, not chronological edit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
March 21, 2015
The Wrecking Crew is breezy, intriguing, tuneful, joyous stuff for anyone. For rock and pop fans, though, it's absolute catnip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
March 21, 2015
The Wrecking Crew is a vital part of the narrative of the golden age of popular music recording, and contains elements that will certainly be used for future, perhaps more sophisticated tellings of this period.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
March 20, 2015
Inviting and informative, giving needed dimension to blockbuster singles and masterful performers. Utilizing a sensational soundtrack is merely icing on the cake.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jean Lowerison
March 19, 2015
Fans of those great old recordings of the late '60s and '70s will lap this up
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jon Caramanica
New York Times
March 13, 2015
Mostly, it's hagiography, with stars like Cher and Brian Wilson used as character witnesses to the players' greatness.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 13, 2015
'60s and '70s music lovers will rejoice.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Landon Palmer
March 13, 2015
The Wrecking Crew resonates as a hastily assembled missed opportunity, an introduction of interesting, feature-worthy content that spends more than 90 minutes only journeying skin-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
March 13, 2015
It'll make you listen to "Good Vibrations," a song you've heard a million times, with fresh ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Baker
March 13, 2015
There's lots of interviews with cheerful musicians but not much focus or context. They're wonderful people, though, Kaye and Blaine and Campbell and Tommy Tedeso and Leon Russell and their friends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 13, 2015
The musicians' memories, coupled with the murderers' row of killer tunes that play on the soundtrack, carry you along and recreate a period in the music industry that's long since vanished.
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
March 13, 2015
The story of studio rock's secret weapon...
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2015
Though their story has taken decades to reach the screen, it has been worth the wait.
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