Sound City Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
[Grohl] has great fun sweeping through the historic parade of latter-day rock royalty whose hit records came out of the place.
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2014
Sound City is a fun ride for diehard fans of most any brand of rock and roll.
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2014
In Sound City, a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2013
A sincere tribute to the tape-based dumpy Sound City.
Full Review | Original Score: B
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
December 16, 2013
When getting into the nitty-gritty of tapes and tracks, Grohl makes a strong case for music docs directed by musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
December 16, 2013
Dave Grohl's terrific new doc, Sound City, profiles the studio where some of the greatest music of the past four decades was born.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 16, 2013
Dave Grohl shares a lot of stories in Sound City, and what's most impressive is that for a first-time filmmaker he tells these tales remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 15, 2013
It's (a) part documentary homage to the defunct Los Angeles rock-and-roll studio where Grohl's earlier band, Nirvana, cut its breakout album, 'Nevermind'; and (b) part self-promotion for the DVD release of this very film and its companion CD soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
April 11, 2013
It cheapens itself by hitting some self-congratulatory notes, but until it does it covers some fascinating rock 'n' roll ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 29, 2013
For those about to rock, we salute you. A fond acknowledgement of a special time when a studio produced several albums that signaled key moments in music history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Bibbiani
March 19, 2013
An infectious appreciation for rock and roll lingers past the somewhat self-satisfied finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 15, 2013
There's something rock about the film's messy, nostalgic imperfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 5, 2013
Fascinating, as rock history, thrilling as rock entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Charles Cross
Seattle Times
February 21, 2013
A joyous ode to a lost era of music making that will delight music buffs and those who appreciate a well-done documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Catherine Gee
Daily Telegraph
February 19, 2013
Grohl has ... created both a fascinating account of the process of analogue recording and a tender tribute to the rock bands of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 8, 2013
A rich, kaleidoscopic, rock music documentary.
Top Critic
John Anderson
February 7, 2013
A cocky, affectionate and very musical documentary that may make its central point a few times too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
February 7, 2013
A total blast to watch, sustaining momentum with a sharp admiration for the thrilling highs and lows of the complex and its rich history with some of the biggest artists around.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
February 5, 2013
It's a sprawling documentary that laments what's been lost in analog recording without ignoring the benefits of technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 4, 2013
Loving doc about a legendary recording studio is one of the very best-and quite essential-movies about rock music ever made.
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