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loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)

loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,342


Movie Info

The band that inspired some of the most innovative rock acts of the new millennium reunites to conquer the globe 12 years after calling it quits, and filmmaker Steven Cantor is there to capture all the low-lights and highlights of their tentative reunion in a probing documentary exploring the re-birth of Gen-X alternative giants the Pixies. Plagued by personal problems from the beginning but driven to create such classic albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, … More

Musical & Performing Arts , Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Nov 7, 2006
Roxie Releasing


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Critic Reviews for loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7)

Filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin catch distressing and poignant moments on the tour that, if written into a fiction film, would seem too scripted to be true.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The 85-minute documentary takes a torpid, fly-on-the-wall approach, providing little context, few insights, and not enough music.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Watching the movie is not as much fun as listening to the old records.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For fans of the seminal alt-rock quartet, the Pixies' reunion was momentous, but in the solid behind-the-scenes documentary loudQuietloud, the band comes across as considerably more muted in its enthusiasm.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, this backstage pass to their 2004 reunion tour achieves the opposite.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a nice Cinderella story, but here's the problem: It doesn't exactly crackle with drama.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Top Critic

By night, the Pixies are rock n' roll day, they're just four surly co-workers with very little to say to one another.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

The Pixies, reunited after 12 years and still in top form.

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Film Threat

And if you're a fan of the Pixies' music, that's not such a bad way to spend 90 minutes

Full Review… | November 18, 2006

It's this disconnect between their iconic public selves and their rather ordinary actual selves that makes the film so engrossing even for non-fans.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006

A plangent record of the landmark group's 2004 reunion tour that should dispel any remaining romantic notions about the rock lifestyle.

Full Review… | October 2, 2006
Film Journal International

In between blazing performances, the dead air and silent downtime produce a strong impression that we won't be hearing much from the Pixies in the future.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The concert footage, which is exceptionally well photographed and recorded, offers clips of varying lengths from a wealth of songs. The rest of the film glimpses the stress disorders that can develop when average people with problems become popular.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This tension combines into a collection of great music, at least for the already initiated.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The fascinating 'loudQUIETloud' plays a bit like the alt-rock version of the Metallica documentary 'Some Kind of Monster,' as the Pixies try to hold it together through mental breakdowns, family tragedies and those ever-popular musical differences.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006

The real draw is the insight into the group's dynamic, heretofore shaded in mystery.

Full Review… | March 21, 2006
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies


A documentary about the legendary alternative rock band?s 2004 reunion tour. There are some really good musical performances here, but the real focus is on what?s going on backstage as the band tries to get their act together and get through this tour. Reunion situations don?t always get covered, which makes this fairly unique. I did get the feeling that some of the drama was manufactured in the editing room, but this is still pretty interesting. The production is not the best, but it?s never bad, although it makes sence that this went straight to video. It?s no Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and there?s not too much to appeal to non-fans, but it is still an interesting look at the band circa 2004.


Super Reviewer

Absolutely fantastic!! A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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