A Band Called Death Reviews

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Matt Pais
RedEye
June 27, 2013
The music's better than the stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 22, 2013
There's a good documentary in here, but it's been weighed down by highlighting pretentious claims and lack of a good edit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 25, 2013
A new wrinkle on Andy Warhol's maxim: Eventually, every undiscovered band will receive its own righteous documentary, lapped up by a bin-trawling audience (and a festival circuit ready to serve them).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Brian McManus
Village Voice
June 27, 2013
A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted.
Matt Shiverdecker
Paste Magazine
June 28, 2013
Even if you didn't know a thing about the band and you don't even typically listen to the kind of music they play, you're going to find yourself thankful that the Hackney brothers are now in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
Katie Walsh
The Playlist
June 20, 2013
This rock doc rewrites punk history while telling an emotional story about an artist's spirit and his faithful family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
March 21, 2013
Takes its time getting there, but when it hit, it packed an emotional punch that knocked me on my ass so hard I left a skid mark on the floor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2013
The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
June 28, 2013
... a must-watch for fans of punk music, vinyl record wonks, or even those interested ... a visionary entertainment dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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+
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
June 27, 2013
More than anything else, the movie is about family -- how we support them and they support us, what we sacrifice for them, how they inspire us and hold us back, what we tell them and what we leave out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2013
The film is nothing much cinematically, and some of the narrative details and circumstances seemed fudged. But it's a great story, told with a fan's honest appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
June 19, 2013
Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett have crafted a rousing account of the Hackney brothers, who would not only form the rare all-black punk band, but do so in the mid-'70s, nearly beating the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to the punch.
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.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 28, 2013
Still sounding amazingly fresh, the brothers' good spirits and storytelling are as infectiously appealing as their punk rock seems to be a fountain of youth
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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