Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 18, 2009
Lively doc on the late Brit punk rocker guitarist for the Clash.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 22, 2008
This offers Strummer fans unlimited access to the man behind the legend. Though it really is for fans - who should run and buy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2008
Julien Temple's film is an energizing work of art, a visually striking and inspiring look at a band that never 'sold out' and the leader who saw to it that they didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 3, 2008
The big unanswerable question is: Do we wish Strummer would have listened to David Lee Roth's advice that "You don't have to take life so seriously, honey"?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 1, 2008
Miracle of miracles, a valuable portrait of Strummer manages to emerge from the chaos, helped by the film's one consistent thread: tapes of a BBC World Service radio show he hosted in his final years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 1, 2008
[Director Julien Temple] stops short of hagiography, while exhaustively positing Strummer as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 1, 2008
Temple, who chronicled the Sex Pistols...offers the full, sometimes bloated, context of Strummer's life through the testimony of his many friends and collaborators.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 18, 2008
Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 9, 2008
The film is the work of an admirer, but not an uncritical one.
Steve Rose
Guardian
January 9, 2008
Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2008
A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 4, 2008
Temple has plenty of cinematic tricks and willing interview subjects.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 4, 2008
Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2008
One of the most compelling documentary portraits of a musician yet made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 14, 2007
Future is overlong and will best be enjoyed and understood by fans, but even newcomers will appreciate the essential drive of the man, who died of a sudden heart attack in 2002, and admire his ability to balance anger and ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2007
The story illustrates how easily political art can be hijacked by the other side, and it illuminates the anguish of a man who spent the last 20 years of his life wrestling with his legacy.
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