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Great World of Sound (2007)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 8

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


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 2

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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Filmmaker Craig Zobel explores the shortcuts that some folks are willing to take to become famous while simultaneously exposing the unscrupulous manner in which others take advantage of these desperate souls with this story of two men who set out to train as record producers. Excited about the prospect of helping to sign undiscovered artists, Martin (Pat Healy) answers an ad to train as a record producer. Over the course of his apprenticeship, Martin is paired with like-minded trainee Clarence


Drama, Comedy

Craig Zobel, George Smith

Feb 5, 2008

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

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

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Anyone who has enjoyed laughing at the bad singers auditioning on American Idol, consider the independent film Great World of Sound your penance.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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If there's justice it should move plenty of viewers-those aching to see a recognizable conscience behind our fashionable American idolatry.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The laughs flow.

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

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Craig Zobel's soul-crushing docudrama slums in the real rags-to-rags tragedy of the lowest rung of the music industry.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Great World of Sound is a corrosive antidote to "American Idol."

February 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

The film's agenda becomes clear so early that the middle hour or so seems to be marking time until we get to the end.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's evident early on that this is a scam, though the extent of the movie's con is surprising.

October 21, 2007

Displays all the trademarks of a true indie effort, especially in its refusal to sentimentalize either the characters or their situations.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Everybody's got a song to sing, and we'll all believe exactly what we want for just as long as we can.

October 17, 2007 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

The pros and cons of the film are in direct proportion to the personalities of the two main characters, whose relationship is the story's anchor.

October 12, 2007

Director Craig Zobel and co-writer George Smith imbue our two misfits with plenty of character depth and an intriguing camaraderie.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Great World of Sound exposes the scams of so-called talent scouts who fleece gullible songwriters answering their misleading advertisements.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Great World of Sound" is a sleeper independent film destined to become an underground classic.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Funny, often cringe-inducing and, at heart, a real moral drama, Great World has a lot to say about the state of culture, commerce and self-delusion in our celebrity-craving society.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A cinematic effort of striking confidence...It's a film that will upset, entertain, and bore, often in the same moment.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.
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A steadily heartwrenching tale of the sale of the American Dream.
January 9, 2008

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