The Punk Singer Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
The Punk Singer works ... as an eye-witness account of an important movement in feminist art; it's a film as vibrant and as vital as [Hanna's] music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 6, 2014
This hagiographic ode to the quintessential 90s riot grrrl is by no means definitive, but there's a welcome rallying cry to all wannabe revolutionary rockers hidden within the bio-doc blather.
Landon Palmer
Nonfics
June 2, 2014
...perhaps there is an inherent contradiction in attempting to capture a democratizing movement through an individual figure, as rocktastic and badass as that figure might be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent
May 30, 2014
This blast from the past is strangely timely.
Sophie Mayer
Sight and Sound
May 29, 2014
Anderson's film -- a scrappy, exuberant battler like its subject -- shows how Hanna has transmuted a hunger borne of body-image pressure into a hunger to change the world.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
May 29, 2014
With energy and insight, this documentary races through the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 1990s, feminist punk artist Kathleen Hanna.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
May 26, 2014
[A] terrifically watchable and impressively empowering documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
May 23, 2014
Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill, comes across as an inspirational figure in Sini Anderson's rousing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 23, 2014
A fantastic introduction to original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and her groundbreaking work in music, feminism, and all-around kickass awesomeness.
Lisa Williams
Electric Sheep
May 23, 2014
[An] affectionate, bordering on hagiographic, film.
Steve Rose
Guardian
May 22, 2014
She's a real role model, and her mysterious withdrawal in 2005 - explained as due to undiagnosed Lyme disease - left a vacuum that's still conspicuously unfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
May 22, 2014
A rousing celebration of the creative and political life of outspoken Riot grrrl icon, Kathleen Hanna.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Danny Leigh
Financial Times
May 22, 2014
Initially held together by grainy VHS footage and cuttings from old fanzines, the film is gifted with a protagonist of endless brio and a cultural backdrop just distant enough to feel forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Lyus
HeyUGuys
May 22, 2014
The Punk Singer is the sort of film that makes you want to shriek with a hectic muddle of rage, adoration and passion! A must-see piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
May 19, 2014
A fascinating, affectionate profile with Hanna's husband and former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, singer Joan Jett and music writer Kim Gordon in the queue to pay tribute to the riotous grrrl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
May 19, 2014
Hanna's fearless voice still commands attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Malcolm Jack
The List
March 19, 2014
Leaves you wishing there were more musicians of any sex who embrace rock's potency for smashing cultural boundaries with such power and personality as this one did in her fearless prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David McGinty
The Skinny
March 6, 2014
The Punk Singer takes us back to the era when manifestos were spread in underground fanzines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Anderson's movie, like Hanna's music, is raw and propulsive, anti-indifferent.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 13, 2013
Finally giving Hanna the proper due she deserves, the solid, well-calibrated, leanly composed...and highly enjoyable The Punk Singer brings dimension & real shape to a band, era and scene that is often compartmentalized into one or two categories.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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