The History Of Future Folk Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
The movie is affable enough, but its "charms" just couldn't reel me in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 28, 2013
Ridiculousness played with a straight face, The History of Future Folk is endearing even if it's never quite hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Taylor Peters
NUVO Newsweekly
April 14, 2014
The History of Future Folk comes across like the product of a group of people having way too much fun taking a silly premise seriously, and it's infectious.
Ruth Brown
Willamette Week
April 14, 2014
It plays out as a simple, sweet story of two alien lifeforms who discover that falling in love and playing the banjo is a better mission than intergalactic genocide. And that's a message I think we can all get behind.
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Heather Baysa
Village Voice
May 28, 2013
Even as an apocalyptic plot-pushing rescue mission unfolds, slapstick police chases keep the level of diverting quirk high, and the husband-wife/father-daughter dynamics remain central.
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
July 7, 2013
There's much to admire about visitors from beyond who believe that the answer to our problems might arrive courtesy of just the right chord progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
February 27, 2013
Though made with a light touch, the entertaining Future Folk potently explores both the power of music and connection with people, achieving a surprisingly sweet sincerity with its high concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
June 21, 2013
The lack of emotional connection with any of the characters hurts the film the most. The History of Future Folk attempts to be this fun musical comedy, but falls flat thanks to its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Niki Boyle
The List
February 22, 2013
Directors John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker never seem to do much more than point and shoot, but in such a character-led film (made with obvious care and affection), that's a strength rather than a weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 12, 2014
Quirky indie sci-fi film has positive messages about music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Veronika Ferdman
L.A. Weekly
November 28, 2012
This is a film that sincerely has love for its characters, and the songs are actually quite catchy.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 28, 2013
A sci-fi comic thriller folk music musical. Even its genre is a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
November 28, 2012
The film's charm, as you might imagine, is derived from the innocent joy that music brings to our main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
March 20, 2013
If it sounds nutty, it is; but it is also an effortlessly lovable study in friendship, the power of the imagination and the joy of a musical awakening.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
April 14, 2014
It's out-of-this-world funny.
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 10, 2013
You may not fall in love with the film, but I'd be surprised if you came out of it not feeling happier. In fact, if that happens, please watch it again. You must have done something wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
June 5, 2013
There are limitations to this low-budget effort, but there's also tremendous conviction and cinematic skill, creating a far-off world with nothing but red plastic and enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 6, 2013
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of unadulterated escapism in which the craftsmanship lies not in visual polish but the universal appeal of a catchy tune.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
November 28, 2012
A low-key sci-fi mashup that charms by focusing on character rather than grandiose special effects.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 28, 2012
Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk.
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