Muscle Shoals Reviews

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Top Critic
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
April 21, 2014
Hall's backstory, riddled with tragedy, gets the proper attention and respect here. But it's the music that won't let you stop watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Camalier's tuneful if somewhat overlong anecdotal history does the most justice to the Muscle Shoals sound just by listening to it.
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 26, 2014
Retrospective rockumentary deconstructs the secret of a legendary Alabama music studio's success.
| Original Score: 4/4
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 30, 2013
It is amazing to see how this style and sound came to fruition as it changed the careers of artists like Aretha Franklin and created some of the most memorable albums and songs from artists like Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and [more].
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Geoffrey Macnab
December 30, 2013
Camalier makes an excellent job of combining talking-head interviews with music, anecdotes and folklore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 27, 2013
An extraordinary story of singers, songwriters, musicians, producers and, most of all, two recording studios in a small Southern city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
A bit lengthy but packed with great music, this is a solid documentary that musicians and fans of soul music will likely enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
December 19, 2013
Though Muscle Shoals can seem a little conventional, you could never say the same thing of its soundtrack
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 5, 2013
Supremely enjoyable, Muscle Shoals doesn't add much to the record, but it will probably induce you to flip through your collection for a few to spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
December 4, 2013
Emotionally moving but messy, it survives thanks to its superb songs, great cinematography and insightful anecdotes - in spite of its lack of a satisfactory conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2013
What is it that makes the music recorded in the studios in this small, out-of-the-way part of Alabama so magical? That's the question this documentary film tries to answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Mohan
November 12, 2013
The movie never quite captures the magic of Muscle Shoals, but it's still fun to hear old pros like Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards trade tales.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 11, 2013
Its story is well-worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Melin
November 1, 2013
It posits that the spirit of community forged by the musicians that created this music was part of its magic, and listening to it in the movie, it's hard to argue. The records they created defined an entire genre and hold up today as completely timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
October 30, 2013
The film possesses considerable persuasive power despite its modest substance and simple construction, making it very much like the timeless songs it showcases.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 28, 2013
As Aretha might say, respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
October 28, 2013
A galaxy of stars recall the magic of it all, although a little less boring Bono would have been a bonus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 25, 2013
And lo, the musical miscegenation was good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
October 25, 2013
The anecdotes work without the music, but if you like the music... Dang, it's a stairway to heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
October 25, 2013
Warm, enjoyable, smooth and lightweight, this celebratory documentary is a gentle tribute to a remarkable man and his work.
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