MC5: A True Testimonial (2002)

MC5: A True Testimonial



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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… | April 23, 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… | April 23, 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.'

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.

Full Review… | April 22, 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… | April 22, 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… | April 13, 2004
Village Voice
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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...

Bob Stinson

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.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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