Hype! Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 18, 2015
The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 18, 2015
Hype! is a smart look at an important musical event that featured a lot of great music almost as a by-product.
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
March 18, 2015
The film makers themselves don't seem to understand the deep cultural resonances created by this hype. Worse, they endorse the selfishness of the Seattle-ites who, apparently, want all this good stuff for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Moon
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 18, 2015
Between these lulls is a compact, interesting chronicle of an extraordinarily fertile local music community and what happens when its talent becomes a worldwide commodity overnight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Yabroff
Salon.com
March 18, 2015
Hype wants you to think that a few interviews with some less popular bands and some poorly shot concert footage lend the film an insider legitimacy and credibility that excuse it from the same accountability it demands from other media.
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Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2015
The movie depicts a Seattle that is a good deal more complex -- and fun -- than the one that survives in most media overviews, a welcome antidote to woe-is-Kurt nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2015
Doug Pray's 1996 documentary about the manufacturing of the Seattle sound is an informative and well-made collection of sound bites, music bites, and thought bites put together over several years.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
[A] brisk, funny, scrupulously well-researched documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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March 26, 2009
Superb sound and image quality and a complex, intelligent perspective help make Hype! an engaging as well as thoughtful chronicle of the Seattle rock scene during its decade-long rise to worldwide influence.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's not necessary to share this documentary's taste for head-banging music, which it indulges with an exuberant array of concert clips, to appreciate its bemused, articulate interviewees and its larger wit.
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Kristine McKenna
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Structured in the standard "rockumentary" form that alternates performance footage with talking head interviews, Hype! derives much of its charm from the wonderfully likable bunch of goofballs Pray elected to interview.
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Chris Grygiel
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Pray's documentary of the Emerald City scene is an irreverent, often hilarious ride.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A smart, ironic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers also made a wise choice in not overlaying Hype! with the judgmental edge of a narrator. They merely allow the participants to tell their remarkable story, through music and words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4