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Punk's Not Dead Reviews

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 27, 2007
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A documentary for the thinking mosher.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2007
Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2009
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

July 5, 2007
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

July 10, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Filmmaker Susan Dynner finally turns in the punk music documentary we all deserve, and one that punks can finally relate to.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 14, 2008
Ryan Cooper

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2007
Camille Dodero
Village Voice
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[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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 24, 2007
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 26, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 2007
Graham Rae
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat

July 10, 2007
Edward Havens

Punk might not be dead, but it sure has seen better days.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 27, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Dynner delights in presenting a wealth of contrasting testimonies, and has no intention of delivering a judgment on any of it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

October 18, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2007
Richard Kuipers
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 24, 2006
David Fear
Time Out
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Play this movie loud. Really loud.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

July 26, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

It's a hell of an accomplishment to make a kinetic, hard-driving and visually arresting talking-heads documentary.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 30, 2007
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

August 10, 2007
Shawn Levy

It could've used a little more clarity and context, but, then, that's not very punk, is it?

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

September 7, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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