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Muscle Shoals Reviews

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Chris Michael
Guardian
October 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 24, 2013
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
October 24, 2013
Exceptional music, unexceptional documentary on the swampy sounds of the famous Tennessee backing band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
October 24, 2013
...well worth seeing for it's well-chosen mix of present-day interviews and archival footage, enlivened by many musical selections.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Mottram
The List
October 22, 2013
As personal as the film gets, it never becomes overly sentimental or nostalgic; rather, it's a celebratory work alive with simple pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 22, 2013
Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2013
A stomping good doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2013
Two new docs on American culture merit attention
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 20, 2013
Even if the Muscle Shoals sound isn't on your iPod, you'll like seeing where it came from
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2013
Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 18, 2013
Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 18, 2013
What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
October 17, 2013
It is hands down one of the best music documentaries ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2013
A mesmerizing documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
October 14, 2013
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 11, 2013
Amiably hodgepodge doc.
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