Searching for Sugar Man Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
July 26, 2012

Certain details about Rodriguez, especially his personal life, remain in shadow, calling into question whether they would have interfered with the inspirational narrative.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 16, 2012

The man and his music are worth checking out, even if the movie is not.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 20, 2012

While all the interview subjects are enthusiastic, the overall lack of familiarity with Rodriquez's personal background and career collapse begin to drag.

Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 28, 2012

Despite crafting a consistently engaging film, the director doesn't present the full scope of Sixto Rodriguez's life.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
July 24, 2012

A diverting but frustrating quasiprofile, one that doesn't have the answers to its own questions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Aitken
Electric Sheep
January 7, 2013

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

Ezra Stead
Bullz-Eye.com
January 7, 2013

[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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 27, 2012

Imagine the story of Nick Drake with a happy ending and you will have some idea what to expect from this terrific, staggeringly unlikely documentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
October 18, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 7, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
October 11, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Marks
New Yorker
Top Critic
September 17, 2012

[A] moving, lyrical account ...

Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 1, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 9, 2012

Here's the rare music documentary in which the narrative is more interesting than the songs.

Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 23, 2012

A remarkable tribute to uncompromising talent and fiercely devoted fandom.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 4, 2012

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 | Original Score: A
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
Top Critic
July 27, 2012

A fantastic music doc with a surprising twist; which, when done as well as it is here, works just as effectively whether you know what's coming or not.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 11, 2012

Engrossing even when it's a little unfocused.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 2, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ella Taylor
NPR.org
January 22, 2013

Brent Simon
Shockya.com
January 22, 2013

Chris Knight
National Post
January 22, 2013


San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 22, 2013


Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
January 22, 2013

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