Mistaken for Strangers (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)



Critic Consensus: A suitably complicated look at fraternal bonds, Mistaken for Strangers offers more depth and insight than the usual tour documentary.

Movie Info

Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP," MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process. (c) American Marymore
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Berninger
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Abramorama Entertainment - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Mistaken for Strangers

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (13)

The best thing about Mistaken for Strangers, a new documentary about the band the National, is that you don't have to be a fan to enjoy it.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The finest rock doc since Anvil: The Story of Anvil.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A road movie that plays with the conventions of a rockumentary to make a very intimate film about dealing with stardom. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | January 15, 2016

Whether he's playing a character or simply being his goofy self, Tom Berninger is an impishly comic figure...

Full Review… | November 25, 2014

A unique, eccentric and highly enjoyable mix of brotherly soap opera and behind-the-scenes cringe comedy that even newcomers to The National's moody charms will enjoy.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014

With a loose, rambling style, this documentary starts as a backstage glimpse of a rock tour before shifting into an exploration of brotherhood and finally into something much more self-reflective.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014

Audience Reviews for Mistaken for Strangers


A captivating rock-doc that begins rather clumsy but later grows to become a surprisingly revealing portrait of a man who has always felt diminished compared to his successful brother - who happens to be the lead singer of a fantastic indie rock band of worldwide reputation.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

One of those films I almost forgot I saw, but was extremely glad just now I found the title as the subject matter - a filmmaker brother (not a great one, but trying) follows around his up-n-coming brother musician while he's promoting a new album and playing concerts. Funny, affecting, and honest on all sides. charmingly done

I'm not even really familiar with The National, but I loved this movie. Tom and Matt are like 2 sides of one person. We all want to be like Matt but we're much closer to Tom. This was a disarmingly human movie that will make your heart explode.

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