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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. (c) Official Site

Nov 26, 2013

$0.1M

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (3)

It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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All the making-of footage and scenes offering a taste of Memphis in the '70s will probably thrill established Big Star lovers in a big way.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is no doubt going to please fans of the cult rock band, but the rest of us may feel like outsiders - not put off by the proceedings, really, but somewhat mystified as to what all the fuss is about.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Documents] the band's coming together and falling apart and [offers] a passionate tribute to its brilliant, beautiful music.

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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[A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band's thwarted expectations.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's a distinct lack of archive footage of the band in their prime, but the director makes a good stab at bringing to life the studio sessions that produced such treasures as The Ballad of El Goodo.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The result is an observed story, without the why of Big Star's musical disintegration that is at the heart of their enduring legend.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Rewards true fans while enticing the uninitiated.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Two emotions fight for dominance while watching the saga - the exhilaration that comes from seeing great artists working at the peak of their powers, and the frustration of watching the world ignore those great artists.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

Messy but inspiring musical doc.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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I thought the film worked best when it was concentrating on Big Star, but wandered a bit when it drifted on to what happened to band members after the breakup. The film has a melancholy feel to it.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

With Nothing Can Hurt Me, Big Star, the Vincent van Gogh of rock music, gets a documentary worthy of its legend.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

If you're not already a fan of the power pop godfathers, "Big Star" could make you one.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Nothing Can Hurt Me is the perfect music doc in that it services longtime fans while providing the opportunity to make new ones as well.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

All too many music documentaries send you away feeling unsatisfied, but with its heartfelt backstory and generous helpings of music, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a shining exception.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Nothing Can Hurt Me is a must for fans ... because so much of Big Star's story has been parceled out piecemeal over the years, in anecdotes and liner notes.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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