20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers.


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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language and sexual material)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $4.9M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for 20 Feet From Stardom

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (30)

Just thrilling. Watching this movie feels like finally giving credit where it's overdue.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Common Sense Media

When you stop to realise what these girls have done to enrich your life, only for one to become a cleaner and another to start teaching Spanish, your tears will be real.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Birmingham Post

Joyous and uplifting ...

Full Review… | March 30, 2014
Observer [UK]

20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Independent

Morgan Neville's hugely enjoyable, Oscar-winning documentary celebrates the unsung heroes who helped make some of popular music's most celebrated songs and albums special.

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Irish Independent

Audience Reviews for 20 Feet From Stardom

Entertaining look at the world of backup singers, "20 Feet From Stardom" is a treat. The best moments are when the performers' faces are in full frame as they listen to their old recording - the memories flying in their minds.

The documentary touches on the highs and the lows of the music business for these performers and never fails to entertain. The only issue with "Stardom" is how it jumps from interview to interview leaving very little time for facts to sink in and to settle - you get to know the major players but the minor players that are extensively interviews aren't given much chance to connect.

Yet "20 Feet From Stardom" proves to be an in-tune documentary that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve.

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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

An interesting and occasionally poignant insight into the work of these talented artists unjustly neglected in the background of fame, even if the rather clumsy editing also makes it a bit hard for us to keep our interest for too long, as it scatters their stories together.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Following the lives of background singers of famous artists from the past, "20 Feet From Stardom" is a very inspirational documentary that tells you that whatever your dreams may be, nothing is impossible and you always have to start somewhere, even if that somewhere seems to be getting you nowhere. Sure, the film does not have much of a linear story to follow, but it is more of a feel-good series of stories that drives this pictures to be loved by all. I did not love watching this film as some probably will, but I really really enjoyed it. This film gives me motivation to continue pursuing my passion and not to accept just any job forever. This is a very well-made documentary. A great contender for the Oscars.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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