Great World of Sound (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Great World Of Sound is a charming and unassuming film, thanks to breakthrough performances from Pat Healy and Kene Holiday.

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Martin answers an ad to train as a record producer, where he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists. The company, called Great World of Sound, partners shy, unassuming Martin with the gregarious Clarence and sends them on the road, visiting southern towns where the company has placed newspaper ads and turning motels into makeshift audition studios. Though an unlikely duo, they sign more acts than anyone else at the company. But when Martin takes a special interest in a young … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Zobel, George Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Great World of Sound

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16)

Zobel ultimately comes down on the side of the suckers, whose need to make music -- even bad music -- gives them an unimpeachable dignity

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Anyone who has enjoyed laughing at the bad singers auditioning on American Idol, consider the independent film Great World of Sound your penance.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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The laughs flow.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
New York Post
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A quiet, clever and sometimes moving film about an unusual grifting lifestyle.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic involving, offbeat and truly unusual American independent film.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Great World of Sound


The debut feature of "Compliance" director Craig Zobel is an enjoyable little indie concerning the moral dilemma of taking an unethical job in these grim economic times. Pat Healy and Kene Holliday are great as two "record producers" whose job is to sign up musicians under the false pretence that they will launch their career.
The Movie Waffler

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A steadily heartwrenching tale of the sale of the American Dream.

William Goss

Super Reviewer


Not a bad flick, but I'm not convinced the story is worth telling at all, but if it is. It would take about 10-20 minutes to tell it. It seems paded. Looks like an idea Christopher Guest turned down.

Rick LeBlanc

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