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Searching for Sugar Man Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

As a documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man" falls short, but as an enormously satisfying feel-good story it hits the mark.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

January 24, 2013
Mark Aitken
Electric Sheep

You can still enjoy the film. I did, but it's nothing more than a fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

January 7, 2013
Ezra Stead

[Rodriguez] is a highly unusual and fascinating human being, and Searching for Sugar Man is a very interesting look at his life, his music, and the strange, fickle nature of fame.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 7, 2013
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's no arguing this is a remarkable story, and director Malik Bendjelloul tells it beautifully, creating a powerful sense of mystery and discovery even when we're tipped off to how the story ends.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2013
Jon Frosch

A nimble and engaging documentary, less about a man than about a myth -- and about the experience of loving an under-loved artist.

Full Review Source: France24

December 28, 2012
Jennifer Merin

'Searching For Sugar Man' simply shouts out for celebration!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 16, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Searching for Sugar Man" is a valentine to every artist who feels like he toils away in obscurity, unsure of or unaware of the impact he might make on the world.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This story has an uplifting arc that suggests this isn't the last we'll hear of this forgotten hero of pop.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

December 1, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Fortunately filmmaker Bendjelloul decided that Rodriguez's story needed to be told - one of the most fascinating biographies ever put on film.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

November 26, 2012
Mike Scott

Part music documentary, part mystery, all inspirational homage to unrecognized genius everywhere.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 5/5

October 19, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For the most part an endearing documentary about mystery Bob Dylan-like singer Sixto Rodriguez.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

October 19, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

An amazing story. If music is the glue of the world then Rodriguez is the super glue.

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 18, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Does a nice job of presenting the mystery and history of Rodriguez... but seems incomplete, and biased in favor of its predetermined narrative.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Rodriguez, once he emerges from the mists, appears to be a sweet, decent - and remarkably intact - soul. One wonders if he had achieved his rock 'n' roll dreams, would his daughters have turned out so well?

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

October 15, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

There's a fascinating story in the rise and fall of singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, "the Latin Bob Dylan," and it's too bad that the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" doesn't tell enough of it.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2012
Aaron Yap

A soulful, lip-tremblingly joyous movie that's one of the more affecting experiences I've had in a cinema this year.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Engrossing even when it's a little unfocused.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2012

One of the most bizarre pop music documentaries ever...a singularly fascinating true-life tale that many of its participants still find difficult to believe.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 5, 2012
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