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MC5*: A True Testimonial

MC5*: A True Testimonial (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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96

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Average Rating: 4.5/5
User Ratings: 172

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While the late '60s were an era which produced a large number of eclectic and influential rock & roll bands, few were as revolutionary in both their music and there message as the MC5. Formed in late 1964 by five high-school buddies from suburban Detroit, the MC5 -- vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Fred "Sonic" Smith and Wayne Kramer, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson -- started out as a fairly typical Midwestern garage band, but as the group embraced the passion of blues and R&B,

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Though raw and sometimes slapdash, MC5: A True Testimonial goes a long way in explaining why that happened, most notably through the raw power of the band's music and the fiery passion that was bound with its image.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like the band itself, the movie is loud and noisy and undeniably eye-catching. But like them, too, it fatally can't see beyond the immediate to realize there's a better way of making its point then simply shouting louder than anyone else.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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MC5: A True Testimonial should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, 'Kick Out the Jams.'

April 22, 2004
New York Post
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A riveting, all-elbows- and-knuckles documentary about the proto-punk warriors known as the MC5.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A vivid evocation of a moment when even the ugliest guitar feedback could be taken as a serious political statement.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Bassist Michael Davis, way Lynchian on his desert land, and drummer Dennis Thompson, who brandishes a rifle at one point, provide jolts of pathos and aggression that remind us these were never art-school pretenders to the skids.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...captures the gritty charisma of Detroit as it informed the quirky and colorful personalities of a band that many fans still remember today.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The flick is pretty straight forward and somewhat boring, but it's nice to see the attempt.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Never less than fascinating.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A success in that it might help introduce the group to Gens X and Y.

April 22, 2004
Planet Sick-Boy

Intelligently combines rarely shown film, TV news, home footage, stills and interviews in a complete package.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Like other commercial flops such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, the band's influence continues. This definitive documentary shows us why.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Thomas unearths fabulous TV and home-movie footage of the group, and his interviews with the band capture the sense of loss.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

the story of the MC5 is one that is trapped between art and politics... just like they were

May 2, 2003
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Audience Reviews for MC5*: A True Testimonial

This rocks so hard! Def one of the best music movies I've ever seen.

Kick out the JAMs Motherfucker!

This has yet to see release - held up in legal (Not unlike Parsnip) But hey, I saw it...
June 8, 2008
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

This was really great. A different view on hippie revolutionary lifestyle a lot of America didn't see. Live performances provided by F.B.I. Surveillance were some of the best ever recorded on any band. Finally, a documentary showing a better understanding and great insight to the controversial band that changed rock and roll. The sooner they quit delaying the release, the better for everyone. Required viewing for all fans of music.
April 1, 2008
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