Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 17, 2007
The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive... it's probably best suited to those who are already fans.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 1, 2007
[Julien Temple's] insider's point of view both helps and hurts the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 2, 2007
An attempt at a tribute to a great man. Strummer doesn't need it.
| Original Score: 5/10
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 2, 2007
Little else we've not been exposed to in the last handful of years.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 2, 2007
Little sense of the band's import or power is ever communicated. Instead, Temple devotes the entire second hour of the film to Strummer's uninteresting post-Clash career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Harrington
Contra Costa Times
November 9, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is a film for fans -- really big fans. More-casual admirers, perhaps those whose only Strummer CD is the Clash's "London Calling," should probably stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 21, 2007
Indulgent celebrity interviews..., repetitive details from Strummer's friends, and rapid-fire editing of found footage that sometimes matches the music but often just clouds the narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
November 9, 2007
A remarkably well-detailed doc that proves 'Rock The Casbah' is not just that song from the cell phone commercials.
| Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 31, 2007
Anyone who's ever been a fan of the Clash or Strummer's music should be fascinated by this comprehensive look at his eccentric life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
November 1, 2007
a loving filmic portrait
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2007
I've never cared for Joe Strummer and The Clash, but Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten is, for the most part, some sort of incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 20, 2007
The great thing about the cumulative effect of the documentary is its ability to give the audience a strong sense of Strummer's uncompromising humanitarian ideals. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, and you'll shed a tear.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
The singer's life is compressed into a two-hour montage of interviews, vintage video snippets and artsy filigree in Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 8, 2007
It's a great story arc, and this alone makes the movie worth seeing, but Temple's filmmaking may frustrate more than it enlightens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
November 1, 2007
You'll feel like you're at an amazing eulogy, where friends and family don't mourn the loss of their loved one but tell stories about his life.
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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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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