Punk's Not Dead Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 24, 2009
Punk's Not Dead is more than a nostalgia trip. Rather than just capturing what punk sounds like, Dynner shows us what it feels like, what punk really means -- present tense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2008
Filmmaker Susan Dynner finally turns in the punk music documentary we all deserve, and one that punks can finally relate to.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2007
Dynner delights in presenting a wealth of contrasting testimonies, and has no intention of delivering a judgment on any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 30, 2007
A documentary for the thinking mosher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2007
Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.
Ryan Cooper
About.com
August 6, 2007
Director Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead is an ambitious documentary that seeks out to portray exactly the idea expressed in its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
July 30, 2007
It's a hell of an accomplishment to make a kinetic, hard-driving and visually arresting talking-heads documentary.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 27, 2007
Poor punk. Such a bundle of complexes, most of them encapsulated in the needlessly defensive title of Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2007
The movie covers a lot of time and territory, and some of its questions are great ones. (The biggest, for true punks: Is getting a big record deal a sign of ultimate success, or final defeat?)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
July 27, 2007
Punk might not be dead, but it sure has seen better days.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2007
About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 26, 2007
Play this movie loud. Really loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Camille Dodero
Village Voice
July 24, 2007
[It's] a documentary that's more about the enduring lifestyle of basement shows, crust-punk houses, and aging rebels than the music. And that can be fascinating stuff.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2007
Punk's Not Dead serves as a diehard's scrapbook of three decades of living punk, not a eulogy for an extinct underground retrofitted as a fashion trend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Rae
Film Threat
July 10, 2007
This film has an absolutely stellar cast of interviewees, so if you like punk music you'll be in hog heaven watching it, I guarantee you.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
July 10, 2007
Whether you're a kid with a fresh coat of shellac on your Mohawk or an aging hipster still clinging to the Johnny Rotten school of snot, it's a film that enlightens the debate and demonstrates without a doubt that when punk disappears, it never truly dies
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
July 5, 2007
Punk's Not Dead is a documentary of immense personality and information...a film that enlightens the debate and demonstrates without a doubt that when punk disappears, it never truly dies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
Structured very loosely along chronological lines, Punk's Not Dead takes core samples from musical forefathers, mid-period bands, and snotty young kids, building a jangly, contradictory mosaic as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
June 24, 2006
Pacy, broad-based overview of the punk rock scene from 1977 to present packages a who's who of luminaries and rare performance clips into a vibrant proof-of-life statement underpinned by keen analysis of sociopolitical issues.
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