MC5: A True Testimonial (2002)



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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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
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.'

March 24, 2004
New York Post
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A riveting, all-elbows- and-knuckles documentary about the proto-punk warriors known as the MC5.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2004
Village Voice
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