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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 0

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 0

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band.

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From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, a story about music, history, fear, courage and

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It's a hearty, thoughtful, smartly assembled, vaguely complete documentary about a rock band that, even by the standards of out-there musical acts, seemed out there both in the mid-1980s and even now.

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's a movie about what it's like to almost make it in the music business, but not really, not quite. It's about coming close and watching it slip away.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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What makes this better than the usual Behind the Music-style doc is the frankness of its subjects and the fun way the filmmakers intersperse Fat Albert-style animation to tell their story.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Even as a hagiography, though, it's pretty interesting.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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[It] isn't the happiest movie about a band you'll ever see, but it is one of the more entertaining, and thanks to directors Lev Anderson and Christ Metzler, one of the most original.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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It seems telling just how many other musicians were willing to participate in the documentary to attest to the outfit's influence.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A must see for Fishbone fans.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

To hear the soaring craziness of Fishbone's "Sunless Saturday" is to wonder how such musical inspiration could possibly miss.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: HeraldNet
HeraldNet

It's a much more interesting story than your usual Behind the Music arc.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Geekweek
Geekweek

Anderson and Metzler collect dozens of great bits of rehearsal and performance footage as well as intimate footage between Moore and his family.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

"Everyday Sunshine" presents a raw lesson in how artistry and success often make incompatible partners.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Everyday Sunshine is an uplifting entry that rises to its task rather than letting the music do all the talking.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The pinnacle comes when Kendall rejoins them for an impromptu gig, stirring hope for a return to glory.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Hold on to your hats for a heartwarming look into the private lives and public outrage of Fishbone, the critical mass that refuses to melt down.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Gets the job done, and admirably, blending interviews, testimonials, concert footage and, interestingly, animation to build a full and engaging portrait of Fishbone.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Everyday Sunshine doesn't do the band the disservice of falling at their feet in worship, like too many recent films about legendary musicians

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The fun and energy of those performances show the promise that was lost - and the pleasure that's still in the music.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Terrific, deeply affecting rock documentary that captures the unlikely assemblage of a bunch of L.A. black guys playing the kind of music no one had ever really heard before.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Seizes that tumultuous spirit, that sheer history of Fishbone, rolling it into a tremendous, informative documentary that avoids tracking footprints, instead exposing the raw nerve sensitivity within this legendary band.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Audience Reviews for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

I had the opportunity to see this film at the Maryland Film Festival this year and I can say it is one of the most awe-inspiring films of the festival and of the year. Truly a film that garners special attention for the importance in history that the band Fishbone had, a remarkable work.
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