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Under African Skies Reviews

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Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is much smarter and more profound than most music documentaries. It's a powerful, beautifully executed film that entertains, informs and questions.
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
It's a blissful film, this work by Berlinger and co., a sheer privilege for the viewer to spend such quality time UNDER AFRICAN SKIES.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
This absorbing documentary takes an up-close and intimate look at the musicians' creative process, then zooms out to recall the political turmoil that this landmark album left in its wake.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
Under African Skies takes what could have been a puff piece glossing over the protestations related to Graceland and teaches the controversy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 11, 2012
The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2012
The affection between the musicians and Simon is clear. The portrait that emerges time and again is personal and a reflection of the realities of apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 10, 2012
[It] does an excellent job of recapitulating the controversies surrounding the album's creation without bearing down too heavily on old news, while subtly taking Mr. Simon's side against his critics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
May 10, 2012
It's a pleasant surprise that Under African Skies not only draws attention to the controversy surrounding its subject matter but digs into it a little.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 10, 2012
A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2012
Powered by Paul Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 8, 2012
Under African Skies is less interested in hagiography than in the moral ambiguities of making art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2012
It does lightly suggest scintillating questions about the responsibility artists have in reflecting current political moments in their music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2012
Berlinger's doc expertly captures the debate of the time and where it's at now, 25 years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rob Nelson
February 6, 2012
Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician docus.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 24, 2012
What's most exciting about Under African Skies is how it engages with whether artists have social and political responsibilities, and if so, what those might entail.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 14, 2012
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