It Might Get Loud Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012

What a great structural concept for a music documentary!

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011

Turn up the volume.

Dan Jardine
August 26, 2011

there are some lovely moments in the film simply due to the high profile reputations of the three musicians

Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011

Guggenheim's depictions of his subjects' artistic development will strike universal chords in anyone who finds meaning in creativity.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2010

Watching this film, we are utterly gripped as we hear the stories of three rock guitar legends and then see them interacting with each other. Yet while there's never a dull moment, the film still feels a bit random.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 8, 2010

The mood's too good-spirited, and in that there are great pleasures - not least the sound-of-mind thinking of three rockers putting paid to the tired cliché of burbling rock gods trapped in their own shadows.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
January 8, 2010

The film might have benefited from a trim and a more linear approach, but mostly it fulfils its role as an illuminating homage to both the protagonists involved and, above all, the guitar as popular music's most timeless icon.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cosmo Landesman
Times [UK]
January 8, 2010

For guitar freaks and fans of these guys, the film gives you a unique chance to hang out with some real guitar heroes.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
January 8, 2010

A bizarre follow-up to the fifth biggest cinema documentary of all time, and one that's as testing on the patience as a 10-minute guitar solo with extra tremolo.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 8, 2010

It's artfully assembled in an unflashy manner.

Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 8, 2010

It's never less than a compelling watch as the trio of turbo-charged troubadours swap anecdotes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
January 8, 2010

Guggenheim's attempts to inject some drama hit a bum note while the climactic summit between the three axe gods is let down by a lack of chemistry, resulting in more of a cheerful jam than a headline act.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
January 8, 2010

Fellow players and aspiring rock gods will thrill at the scenes of the trio jamming together, but Guggenheim's film never takes an insular "muso" view and has plenty to offer the lay person.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
January 8, 2010

If you're a fan of any of their bands, rock music or the electric guitar, you'll find a lot to love here.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 8, 2010

Even for me, a rock illiterate, this is interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

This is London
January 8, 2010

The film gets up close and personal, proving that each is a musician first and a rock 'n' roll star afterwards.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alistair Harkness
January 8, 2010

The film seems a bit too in thrall to U2, which means far too much time is devoted to The Edge at the expense of watching Page fire through some of his thunderous Led Zeppelin riffs.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
January 7, 2010

The personal stories are informative, interesting and nicely illustrated but the central meeting between the three men lacks both passion and personality.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
December 3, 2009

Academically picking apart artistic processes tends to pull all passion out of the pursuit. However, "Loud" evenhandedly showcases three musicians striving and struggling as much to expand a signature sound as they did when it was initially inked.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 13, 2009

Yes, this is the sort of stuff that makes rock fans absolutely geek out. But Guggenheim's relaxed approach does allow us to get past the guitar-god mystique and show us three fellow tradesmen in love with their craft.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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