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Sound City Reviews

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Katie Hasty
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.
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.
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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+
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
Sebastian Doggart
Daily Telegraph
January 23, 2013
The film is an exhilarating exploration of the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 15, 2013
There's something rock about the film's messy, nostalgic imperfection.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
Top Critic
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 5, 2013
Fascinating, as rock history, thrilling as rock entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 8, 2013
A rich, kaleidoscopic, rock music documentary.
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