The Other F Word Reviews

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Rob Harvilla
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
Flea almost cries. Twice. There's your four-word summation of The Other F Word, a half-poignant, half-absurd documentary on punk-rocker dads.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2011
As the old, apocryphal quote goes: "Every generation thinks they invented sex." The same can likely be said for the kind of ersatz rebellion celebrated in The Other F Word, a lightweight, frustratingly lazy documentary about punk-rock dads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alison Willmore
November 3, 2011
This earnest and intermittently lovable look into the lives of prominent punk rockers who've gone on to become responsible fathers doesn't break as much ground as it seems to hope and believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 2, 2011
It's hard to take this film too seriously when it never seeks corroboration from a couple of other obvious interview sources: their wives and kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Feels so much like an MTV reality show I kept waiting for a commercial break so I could go pee.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2011
Despite a few genuinely poignant moments (try not to be moved as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea talks of righting his parents' wrongs) and a bit of humor, F Word feels shallow and a little stale.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
"The Other F Word" winds up feeling scattershot and unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 3, 2011
The film's juxtaposition of punk-rock fashion and cozy domesticity proves neither comic nor revelatory. It is, however, adorable, though not adorable enough to compensate for the film's damnable lack of focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Heim
Washington Post
December 2, 2011
There are delicious contrasts between the musicians in full-on punk-rock mode and in full-on dad mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Nevins's portrait of how a nihilistic movement fostered such nurturing family men resonates beyond its rebels-with-a-cause novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2011
The most endearing and potentially tearjerking documentary about punks you'll ever see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 4, 2011
As wonderful as it is to see the peace and happiness they've brought their dads, the real challenge for these men may come when the sweet tots who now look up to them grow into adolescents looking for authorities of their own to displace.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 18, 2011
People grow up sometimes, more or less - even punk rockers.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2011
These cute little domestic interludes give The Other F Word a light humor and large awwwww factor that's unavoidable, understandable and entirely un-punk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
November 3, 2011
The other F word is "Father" or "Fatherhood." Now, what were you thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 30, 2011
The film's twist is in showing the survival first anti-establishment punk rockers as awesome dads.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 6, 2011
...the visual contrasts, like Rancid's Lars Frederickson, he of the tattooed face and leopard-spotted head, pushing a child on a swing, are chuckle inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 27, 2012
If you ever listened to punk rock from the 80s or 90s and thought how hard it's going to be for these guys to deal with their own kids, this documentary reveals that truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 2011
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has an especially good line about the all-consuming nature of being a pop: "It's like red matter from Star Trek. It just sucks everything in."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 10, 2011
Lindberg's throwaway self-description of himself as getting by during a tour "on Ambien and hair dye'' may be the best line in a movie full of good ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Barker
February 23, 2012
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