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How to Grow a Band (2012)

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In How to Grow a Band, 26-year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on "indefinite hiatus." But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who's defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3:

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Mr. Meatto's framing tends to catch the musicians' give-and-take, merging and dueling notes onstage, especially at a Manhattan concert that is the film's highlight.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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How to Grow a Band is most fascinating as it tactfully charts the sort of artistic and philosophical differences that can eventually undermine any group endeavor, even among seemingly like-minded collaborators.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Mark Meatto's How To Grow A Band is masterful filmmaking that takes the audience where they need to go.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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[H]as a promising story to follow [but] disappointing, either as an introduction to progressive bluegrass or for longtime Thile fans.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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In the end, you come away knowing almost as little about Chris Thile and his music as when the film started...misses its chance to enlighten, choosing instead to promote.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
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Fans of the progressive-bluegrass prodigy Chris Thile will enjoy this look at his stripped-down struggles to introduce audiences to his new avant-garde fusion of bluegrass and classical.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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The movie is unsurprisingly devoted to peddling up-and-comer Chris Thiele as something daring, something new.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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