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Searching for Sugar Man Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks isn't merely the content that makes Searching for Sugar Man so affecting: it's the way that Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul sets up the story and peels away the mystery of Rodriguez, one layer at time.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

October 5, 2012
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A mystery as compelling as any fictional detective story.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 4, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

The first half of this film is mysterious whereas the second half is wonderfully inspiring. It's proof that truth really is stranger than fiction.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A

October 4, 2012
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic

This is a fine documentary; insightful and entertaining with a genteel approach to uncovering a figure so close to the hearts of an unexpected fan base.

Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

A celebration of an artist and the power of art to transcend time and place

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 2, 2012
Simon Miraudo

Much credit to director Malik Bendjelloul for surprising this cynical and desensitised film watcher.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 1, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

For those familiar with the story of Rodriguez, this engaging documentary on his substantial success in South Africa will prove both illuminating and bemusing.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 30, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

I was instantly hooked by this unique documentary...If you are a traveller on the road of life, don't miss this unforgettable treasure of a film

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 29, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is not only the best documentary I've seen this year, it's one that shows other documentaries how to do it.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 27, 2012
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Searching for Sugar Man reminds us that a wise man knows lasting riches are never the result of record sales.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 21, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Searching for Sugar Man" is a saga about the power of music, living life on one's own terms and the joy of second chances.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2012
John Anderson
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The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 21, 2012
Ken Marks
New Yorker
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[A] moving, lyrical account ...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 17, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Two fans, Stephen Segerman and Craig Bertholomew, made it their business to find out exactly what happened to the singer Rodriguez. And, "Searching for Sugar Man" is the fruits of their labor. The fruit is tasting pretty sweet.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: A

September 16, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of "Searching for Sugar Man" will not soon slip away.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

September 13, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You watch "Searching for Sugar Man" at first fascinated by the mystery - what happened to Rodriguez? Where did he go? Then you become infuriated by its revelations of financial injustice.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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If you like music, a good mystery or, better yet, a combination of both, you won't be disappointed.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

An unexpectedly fresh nonfiction tale that rustles up deep feelings of a life stolen -- part docu-mystery, part uplifting valentine about the universality and resonating power of music.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: A-

August 19, 2012
Brian Orndorf

Generates immediate interest in a forgotten artist, permitting the delicate yet barbed tunes to guide the experience, returning a sense of excitement to a man who unfortunately missed out on the highlights of his career.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

August 17, 2012
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