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Sound City Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
February 4, 2013
... offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the studio, but in the process chronicles a recent history of rock music that both fans and non-fans can appreciate.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 3, 2013
An authoritative, beautifully assembled, personal, even romantic account of one of rock music's most important waypoints, a film which aficionados absolutely should not miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 2, 2013
In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 1, 2013
Even if you don't know what [Grohl's] talking about when he says a room gives "great decay," or when somebody else extols "24-track sensibility," the passion of this project really pops right out of the groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2013
If it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film
February 1, 2013
An electrifying and enthralling labor of love that acts as a defibrillator for your creative juices.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2013
High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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January 31, 2013
A celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living - not to mention being so successful at it that you can get your childhood heroes to come over and jam.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 31, 2013
Grohl's aim is to explore the aura of a place, but what he winds up proving is that people make the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2013
I didn't jump out of my chair and pump my fist till 24 minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
January 31, 2013
Dave Grohl remains unflappable as a first-time director in his entertaining and informative documentary Sound City, a loving tribute to a defunct Van Nuys recording studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 30, 2013
Mr. Grohl has put a lot of affection into this film, and it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Scheinman
Slant Magazine
January 30, 2013
Given Dave Grohl's reputation for versatility and good taste, the film's sturdy sense of forward motion may come as no surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
January 29, 2013
Grohl treats us to just more than an hour celebrating the history of Sound City, the Van Nuys dump where a clutch of rock's great records were bashed out-but the movie's 107 minutes long.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 29, 2013
The first-time director smartly sees Sound City as a surrogate for the overall industry at any given point in the past four decades, and he varies the tone of the interviews from fondly-regarded serendipity to deep-seated regret.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 29, 2013
The beautiful thing here is the way Sound City enlivens some fairly snobby ideas about the glories of analog tape without resorting to mere mansplaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Collider
January 29, 2013
Grohl's heart is always in the right place, and with his directorial debut, he has effectively translated his passion and knowledge into a delightful and engaging documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Katie Hasty
HitFix
January 29, 2013
It's a mismanaged balancing act (hey, sort of like having a band!), but it's an entertaining flick and rocking rock history nonetheless.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
January 29, 2013
A comprehensive look into the recording process and how it has changed over the years (and continues to change) while taking audiences on a journey from where music was in the '70s to where it is today.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2013
An exhilarating history of the studio that spawned countless rock classics, not to mention a welcome reminder to aspiring musicians to step away from the laptop once in a while.
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