The Wrecking Crew Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 22, 2015
It all feels more like an ambitious home video than a 'proper' film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 2, 2015
Good-natured look at the virtuoso workhorses of classic rock and pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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
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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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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
March 12, 2015
Denny Tedesco's lively and loving documentary takes its title from the name collectively applied to the group of two to three dozen Los Angeles studio musicians who dominated rock and pop recordings there during the 1960s and early '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2015
With its release held up for seven years because of rights issues, Denny Tedesco's illuminating documentary about the unsung L.A. session musicians who provided the backbeat for some of the greatest songs from the '50s through the '80s can now be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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March 12, 2015
The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 12, 2015
The unsung heroes who played on stacks of wax during the '60s pop era are celebrated in a hugely entertaining documentary.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2015
Fascinating ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
March 10, 2015
These unsung heroes are the subject of an illuminating, witty and comprehensive documentary by Denny Tedesco, son of the Crew's inventive guitarist, the late Tommy Tedesco.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 10, 2015
With a son's love and duty, Tedesco ... breezily celebrates the team that laid down a thousand riffs back just before pop became too serious for anonymous craftsmanship.
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
February 20, 2015
The enchanting Kaye - "I was making more money than the President" - probably deserves her own film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 19, 2015
Long on nostalgia, the film does shed further light on the genius of Brian Wilson and the unfair uproar over the Monkees' need for musical backup. Turns out even the Beach Boys required the Wrecking Crew to rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4