Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 4, 2013
The film certainly gives the band its due, but it will likely appeal more to Big Star cultists, ones eager for minutia about recording and business deals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 3, 2013
The band's trajectory will not be unfamiliar to anyone who has read a musician's biography or watched a few episodes of Behind The Music (formation > inspiration > destruction) so the only real variables are in how the story is being told.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
Overall, it's still a skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 3, 2013
By the end, I was muttering at every critic and musician and record producer, "Guys, tell me something I don't know."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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July 2, 2013
The story that writer-director Drew DeNicola and producer-director Olivia Mori reconstruct has the power to move even those who prefer Mozart or Lil Wayne.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 2, 2013
DiNicola explores the specifics of Big Star's implosion as well as anyone can, considering band breakups are much like shattered love affairs: Who ever really knows what went wrong?
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
July 2, 2013
A well-sourced account of a perfect, broken dream, Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's slightly shaggy documentary captures what it's like to discover music so good it seems as if it were made just for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 2, 2013
Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2013
It's a tale of extraordinary creative accomplishment followed by bitter rejection; fused with the band's lonely music, which DeNicola samples liberally on the soundtrack, it has the power of a pop myth.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 1, 2013
A rock-doc that mythologizes the tragicomic flame out of power pop's seminal band, and the fan-made afterlife that brought them long-delayed success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
July 1, 2013
Considering the star-crossed band it documents, there should be no surprise that "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" has a melancholy tinge to it.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 1, 2013
Interesting enough, but you may leave the theater still wondering what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2013
If Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me leads even one person to listen to Big Star for the first time, this movie will have done a great service.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 28, 2013
Whether or not you are familiar with the band or their music, this movie will fill you with a rare kind of musical euphoria. You'll love it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2013
Rock doc is a boon to members of the Big Star cult.
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
February 27, 2013
Should satisfy both long-term acolytes and those newly curious of Big Star's timeless artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
A true passion project: A movie that is both a smart, definitive documentary and the ultimate love letter to its subject, the 1970s Memphis power pop band that proved vastly more popular and influential after its dissolution than when it was active.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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