A stubborn charmer whose life was a magnet for tragedy, Hall is the emotional centre not only of the Muscle Shoals sound but of this film.
| Original Score: 4/5
The movie is more a collection of cool people telling great stories than it is a structured documentary (despite Camalier's attempts in that direction). But in this case, that's enough.
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ...
| Original Score: 3/4
A well made, endlessly fascinating and impeccably researched documentary that tells a riveting story and is packed with great characters, terrific anecdotes and fabulous music.
| Original Score: 5/5
Exceptional music, unexceptional documentary on the swampy sounds of the famous Tennessee backing band.
| Original Score: 3/5
...well worth seeing for it's well-chosen mix of present-day interviews and archival footage, enlivened by many musical selections.
| Original Score: 7/10
The lightning rod figure here is Rick Hall, "the founder of the music business in Muscle Shoals"...At 80, Hall remains sharply opinionated, and his extensive recollections give Muscle Shoals its spine.
As personal as the film gets, it never becomes overly sentimental or nostalgic; rather, it's a celebratory work alive with simple pleasures.
Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something.
A stomping good doc.
Two new docs on American culture merit attention
Even if the Muscle Shoals sound isn't on your iPod, you'll like seeing where it came from
Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.
Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history.
What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place.
Muscle Shoals may not appeal to every generation's musical tastes, but for those of you who love that sweet soul music and crave that ol' time rock & roll, believe me: It's just the ticket.
It is hands down one of the best music documentaries ever made.
| Original Score: 4/4
A mesmerizing documentary ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
In the debut documentary of Greg "Freddy" Camalier, it's a toss-up as to which is more magical -- the physical place of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, or the music it produced.
Amiably hodgepodge doc.