Benjamin H. Smith

Benjamin H. Smith
Benjamin H. Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Decider
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T-Meter Title | Year
91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) It's certainly one of the best music docs I've ever seen. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
96% Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine (2020) With affection, candor and the same irreverence it heaped on the rockers of yesteryear, Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine celebrates the coolest music rag of all-time and explains what made it great. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
98% The Go-Go's (2020) Directed by Alison Ellwood, The Go-Go's delivers everything you'd want out of a rock doc. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
No Score Yet Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne (2020) There's no new revelations in The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne, no deeper examination of his life or artistry, but his charm and common touch are enough to keep you watching. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Vinyl Nation (2020) Entertaining and informative, Vinyl Nation transcends its niche subject matter and will appeal to most music fans, whether they have a crate of records in their home or not. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
81% All I Can Say (2020) It perfectly captures what it means to be a young man, hurtling through life, balancing on that high wire between folly and adulthood. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
100% Everybody's Everything (2019) Through interviews, archival footage and home movies, Everybody's Everything creates a profile of Lil Peep that is moving and tragic. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) Affectionate, tender and takes his entire life into account, not just those fleeting years when he was on top of the pop charts. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
91% Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) One of the most influential music documentaries of recent years and one of the best. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) Like the band itself, ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is satisfying in its simple presentation. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet How the Beatles Changed the World (2017) Against all odds, however, the 2017 documentary How The Beatles Changed The World examines the group's place in history and adds something new to the conversation. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A moving portrait of an artist whose life has been brought to heel against an unbeatable foe. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
83% Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2019) Pleasant enough but doesn't contain any information or insights you couldn't learn by just reading their Wikipedia page. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
No Score Yet Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? (2019) Clemons' boundless spirit and lust for life is apparent, creating a fleshed out portrait of a man who touched many during his life. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
93% Gimme Shelter (1970) Remains one of the most powerful rock documentaries ever made. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
No Score Yet Jimi Hendrix (1973) A groundbreaking music documentary which features some of the best and most important live performances in rock n' roll history. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
No Score Yet Madonna and the Breakfast Club (2019) Fails to capture the excitement of the era or create a compelling narrative around her early days in New York. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
33% Who Killed Nancy? (2010) While often amateurishly put together, and with an annoyingly loud soundtrack which makes it seem like a music video at times, Who Killed Nancy is still a decent viewing experience for anyone interested in the subject matter. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
90% Echo In the Canyon (2019) While Echo In The Canyon was probably made with the best of intentions, it ultimately fails to satisfy or do justice to its source material. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
88% Whitney (2018) Somehow makes the tale of Houston's rise and fall new again. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
80% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) For all those myriad details, spanning eight decades, encompassing more hit records than you count, I'm not sure Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives gives you a sense of who he really is. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
No Score Yet I'm Now: The Story Of Mudhoney (2012) Like the band itself, perfectly enjoyable and presented without pretense. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly (2019) It's not often that rappers allow themselves to be shown as vulnerable. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) At times emotionally overwhelming in its beauty and passion. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet Once in a Lifetime Sessions With Noel Gallagher (2018) Though he's earned a reputation for hilarious and irreverent take downs of his fellow musicians, Noel Gallagher is one of the most insightful people you'll ever hear discussing music - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) David Bowie: Finding Fame covers much of the same ground as Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story and Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World, it's just much better done and more more enjoyable to watch. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Tear the Roof Off-The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic (2016) ...gives you enough of a taste of the funk to inspire deeper digging into their rich discography and fascinating history. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
90% The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) Thirty years on, there's no denying Spheeris' expertise in capturing a moment that could never exist exactly the same way ever again. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
75% Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019) Rather than being a tribute to the enduring bonds of family, [the documentary] seemed to turn the group's brotherhood into just another marketing tool or piece of merchandise, like a beach towel or doll. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
79% Bad Reputation (2018) Bad Reputation is a rare look inside the life of an artist who's often guarded and protective about herself and her legacy. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet ReMastered: The Lion's Share (2019) The final episode of ReMastered's first season, "The Lion's Share" ranks among the series' best episodes... And as ever, it is beautifully filmed and expertly produced. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
No Score Yet American Dream/American Knightmare (2015) As a documentary, American Dream / American Knightmare feels incomplete and unfinished, which is surprising given Fuqua's abilities as a filmmaker. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
100% The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! - A Trip Across Latin America (2016) Between concert films and docs, there are over 20 different long form features about The Rolling Stones. Olé, Olé, Olé ranks among the best. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
No Score Yet ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019) While certain facets of his life could have been explored in further detail, Devil at the Crossroads presents a well-rounded and compelling chronicle of who Johnson was and why we should still care. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% Studio 54 (2018) Crucial to the documentary is the involvement of Ian Schrager, who until recently was reluctant to share his version of the club's history. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
83% Avicii: True Stories (2017) ...it's hard to watch when you know the film's cautiously happy ending would become a tragedy when the cameras stopped rolling. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Roger Waters The Wall (2015) The concert footage reveals what must have been a breathtaking spectacle to observe first-hand. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
87% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) Despite the unpredictability of its subject matter, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is a fairly standard profile... a good thing, as Walker's enigmatic aura and experimental musical forays benefit from framing inside a linear narrative structure. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
62% Kurt & Courtney (1998) Kurt & Courtney wasn't well received upon its release and 20 years later it fares no better. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019) The Two Killings of Sam Cooke rightfully weaves the music around its narrative, which by the way, is some of the greatest American music ever made. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
91% Maria By Callas (2018) Maria By Callas has much to recommend it, whether or not you're a fan of opera or know who Maria Callas was. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
86% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? (2010) Informative and entertaining, filled with hilarious stories and illuminating anecdotes which help you understand why he was so universally adored, despite the glaring flaws in his character. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium - A Victor Jara Story (2019) Crafts a gripping narrative of Chile's 1973 military coup d'état and the murder of Chilean folk singer and political activist Víctor Jara. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Jeff Beck: Still on the Run (2018) Jeff Beck: Still On The Run is a fine enough biographical documentary of the guitarist, but doesn't fully capture or explain his greatness beyond a bunch of talking heads telling you he's great. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nico, 1988 plays like the impressionistic indie feature you might expect it to be, given its esoteric subject matter, but its multi-faceted and realistic portrayal of the singer holds your attention. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
100% The Kids Are Alright (1979) Despite its shortcomings, its ramshackle portrait of the band captures their combustible spirit and frequently shows The Who at their very best. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
No Score Yet Descent Into The Maelstrom (2017) For fans of Radio Birdman, Descent Into The Maelstrom delivers on all counts, and its skillful portrait of the band will appeal to any music fan looking for a new documentary to watch. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
77% The Song Remains The Same (1976) While the performances are often sloppy and haggard, there are moments when the band's formidable talents shine through like a beacon in the fog. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
100% If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018) In just over an hour and half, Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow packs in enough history, interviews and live footage to rival Shelby Foote's three-volume history of the Civil War. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
No Score Yet ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black (2018) Looks great and is fun to watch, but plays fast and loose with the facts in order to present its version of events. - Decider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018