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Sound It Out

Sound It Out (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. Sound It Out is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England. A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, Sound It Out documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the

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Documentary, Drama

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1)

As Tolstoy might have put it, "good record stores are all alike," whatever their size or stock or the number of tattoos sported by their customers.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Finlay takes a gentle approach with her subjects, letting their passion - and hers - guide the doc, which was crowd-source funded by more than 250 donors.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Sound It Out is the name of the last independent record shop in Teeside, and this dinky, bittersweet film offers a profile of its chipper staff and endearingly oddball clientele.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Ms. Finlay's smartly assembled film is an affectionate portrait of a shrinking group of record collectors under technological siege.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Finlay's handheld style is as casually intimate as her subjects, and the film stirringly posits music as a path to communal bliss.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's a delightful, real-life version of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity, a song of love, sadness and mortality with everyone involved doing it their way as they face the vinyl curtain.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

For a seemingly naive film, it is amazing how well it works.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A cheap and cheerful documentary about a properly endangered species: the record shop.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sound It Out is content to exist as a modest portrait of a store that offers not only largely obsolete collectors' items, but also the resolute glimmer of human contact.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sound It Out isn't just good, it's important, as a chronicle of everything we lose when the music industry decamps to the Internet.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: IFC.com
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