Thunder Soul Reviews

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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
There's a purity -- sense of righteousness and reunion and optimism -- that makes Thunder Soul galvanizing. Also, the music is smoking hot, which is pretty amazing, considering it comes from a high school band. And a bunch of oldsters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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William Goss
Film.com
October 7, 2011
All of the agreeable ingredients are there, but director Mark Landsman doesn't coast on the built-in feel-good factor.
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John DeFore
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
Arguably, the current generation of funk and soul revivalists owes a debt to musicians who forged their astonishing sound in between Algebra study sessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, "Thunder Soul" gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this post-civil-rights generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2011
A precious scrap of American history.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 29, 2011
Thunder Soul represents a feast for the senses, a soulful celebration of the black musical renaissance of the late '60s and '70s, but the filmmakers don't seem particularly interested in peering beneath the dazzling surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2011
An uplifting and entertaining film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
You may never have heard of the Kashmere Stage Band, but by the end of "Thunder Soul" you will wonder why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 22, 2011
In an era when arts education is frequently on the chopping block, Thunder Soul reminds us of the impact that great music can have on both the listener and the performer.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 21, 2011
Thunder Soul has real filmmaking, real history and real pleasure in it...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 21, 2011
Serves as a rousing testament to the singular blessings of music education, since there's nothing inherent or automatic about kids learning how to groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Sometimes you just can't fight the funk; as much as you might resist the film's more maudlin scenes, not succumbing to the band's signature tune, "Head Wiggle," is impossible.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2011
A genuinely moving and powerful doc about one of the great funk bands ever, that just happened to be a high school band.