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Benda Bilili! Reviews

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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 23, 2012
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New York Times
January 7, 2012
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Staff Benda Bilili's unlikely triumph is an epic feat, with or without anyone's help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 14, 2011
From out of the gloom comes the hypnotic grooves of a band called Staff Benda Bilili. The name means "look beyond appearances," and the members of this remarkable musical collective do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2011
Benda Belili! reminds us that we need to look beyond The X Factor to discover musical talent that strikes a deeper chord.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
"Benda Bilili!" earns its exclamation point. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David DeWitt
New York Times
September 29, 2011
"Benda Bilili!" is brutally real, a document of willpower that shows not only the magic of transcendence - which may be fleeting - but also the transformation of aspiring to it, every struggling step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 29, 2011
This unsentimental, smartly assembled film is equally attentive to the cacophony of African poverty and the balm of harmony provided by these pied pipers of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
See the film to glimpse something of the band's awesome stage show.
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David Fear
Time Out
September 27, 2011
Given how manipulatively constructed this music doc is, even in its rawest moments, you still leave feeling like you've been played.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 16, 2011
An uplifting, understated and wholly engaging insight into a world entirely unlike our own...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5