Sample This Reviews

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Christopher Schobert
The Playlist
October 11, 2013
...it is hard to walk away too disappointed when the stories are this fascinating-and when the music is this triumphant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 15, 2013
Not nearly as moving, crowd-pleasing or powerful as Searching for Sugar Man or Standing in the Shadows of Motown, but it's nonetheless an insightful, slick and engaging music doc for fans of hip-hop.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
The film is nearly as fun as the song.
Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
For a documentary filled with such joyous, danceable beats, there's still a note of sadness playing through Sample This.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2013
This improbably fascinating documentary will be manna from heaven to pop culture devotees.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
The movie provides a vivid sense of the period, as well as an intriguing backstage look at the making of improbable pop classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
September 12, 2013
With their love of their craft and their respect for other talents, these bighearted musicians make for a warmly gratifying film to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
The film offers disappointingly little insight into the music itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
September 12, 2013
While a 90-minute movie about a song might seem ripe for thinness, Sample This is never dull. Tightly paced and packed with unbelievable twists and turns, it's a truly fun experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 12, 2013
We've all danced at some time another to the rhythmic "Apache," even if we didn't know it, and this highly enjoyable doc reveals the incredibly colorful and variegated tale behind it.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
September 12, 2013
Sample This contains a wealth of revelations about music and musicians with which most people are intimately familiar yet know little about.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 12, 2013
It's amazing how the inquisitive eye can find one intriguing cultural thread, tug on it and then unravel a fascinating forgotten history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jen Chaney
The Dissolve
September 12, 2013
As an enjoyable documentary about the history behind a surprising game-changer of a song, this film works well. But it misses the opportunity to take its material to the next level and say something bigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
The music is incredible, and through interviews with Rosey Grier, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, and a squadron of old-school studio musicians, director Dan Forrer unearths some of the hidden history of American pop.
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