A Band Called Death Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Death lives!
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 27, 2013
A slice of music history forgotten for too long, and, thanks to A Band Called Death, forgotten no longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.
John Serba
MLive.com
August 2, 2013
It could have dug a little deeper, pursued more candid moments to capture on film. But it compensates by recanting the emotionally meaningful story of the Hackney family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 25, 2013
An exceptional look at artistic integrity, musical innovation, and the power of family ties.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 24, 2013
A rock 'n' roll fairy tale, well-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 22, 2013
It's a bittersweet story of the fringes of fame and of three brothers who belatedly deserve to share the spotlight.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 15, 2013
A band call Death comes back to live in this hilarious and poignant peon to hard rock with a soft heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
July 12, 2013
Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Stone
Canada.com
July 12, 2013
Directors Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett tell this part of A Band Called Death without much artifice, relying on the natural charm and sunny dispositions of the surviving Hackney brothers to draw us in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
It's a soul-stirring tribute to a man whose vision was too bold and revolutionary for his lifetime, or the convention-bound ways of the music industry, but was ultimately too powerful to be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
July 11, 2013
An amazing story -- about the history of rock, about the capriciousness of fame and, perhaps most importantly, about the power of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
July 5, 2013
Like 'Searching For Sugar Man,' 'A Band Called Death' takes its cue from the modesty and joyfulness of its subjects, letting the glory of their music speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 4, 2013
It's less about the rediscovery of genius than it is the value of obscurity, a sentiment that should give hope to every garage band out there.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 3, 2013
Questions about what that reputation is worth today, and how the Hackney brothers struggled to find a foothold, give filmmakers Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett plenty of material to work with.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2013
If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.
Top Critic
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 3, 2013
A Band Called Death shines the light on a previously unexplored corner of musical history and does it in an accessible, straightforward manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Iann Robinson
CraveOnline
July 2, 2013
A Band Called Death is a film that is all heart, as was the band it looks to explore.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
July 1, 2013
Death never got very far, and their story is a fascinating one, told beautifully by Jeff Howlett and Mark Christopher Covino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
July 1, 2013
Thanks to the new revelatory and inspiring documentary A Band Called Death, the truth behind the band's nearly simultaneous birth and death may yet find them their proper place in music history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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