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The Wrecking Crew Reviews

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Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine
March 10, 2015
Overall, the documentary comes off as a solipsistic, uncritical look at an incredible moment in the history of American music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Landon Palmer
Nonfics
March 13, 2015
The Wrecking Crew resonates as a hastily assembled missed opportunity, an introduction of interesting, feature-worthy content that spends more than 90 minutes only journeying skin-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 1, 2015
Not the same league as Muscle Shoals and 20 Feet from Stardom, but a valuable addition
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Jon Caramanica
New York Times
March 13, 2015
Mostly, it's hagiography, with stars like Cher and Brian Wilson used as character witnesses to the players' greatness.
Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
June 6, 2016
Putting a star rating on this kind of movie is a little pointless: If you grew up on fizzy baby-boom pop music, you're going to want to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Bendel
Epoch Times
May 24, 2016
Worth the wait, it delivers a lot of laughter and generous helpings of dearly licensed grooviness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Caffrey
Consequence of Sound
April 27, 2015
The Wrecking Crew isn't about something falling apart, but a specific moment in time: a time that, as a viewer, you keep wanting to revisit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Craig D. Lindsey
Nashville Scene
December 7, 2015
Patchy but endearing, The Wrecking Crew is both a sonorous scrapbook and a loquacious love letter.
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 7, 2015
The movie really shines in interviews with the Crew themselves, taking on the feeling of an old reunion. These oldies are indeed golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Baker
Oregonian
March 13, 2015
There's lots of interviews with cheerful musicians but not much focus or context. They're wonderful people, though, Kaye and Blaine and Campbell and Tommy Tedeso and Leon Russell and their friends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan G. Cole
NOW Toronto
December 18, 2015
Did you love all those mid-60s American rock and roll bands? Turns out the Byrds, the Association, even the Beach Boys weren't playing their own instruments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
January 1, 2016
Danny Tedesco's joyous documentary The Wrecking Crew is a personal, heartfelt tribute to those unsung heroes.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 26, 2015
The documentary makes fascinating connections between the fledgling high-showbiz days of rock 'n' roll and the rise of more versatile singer-songwriters in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
March 10, 2015
These unsung heroes are the subject of an illuminating, witty and comprehensive documentary by Denny Tedesco, son of the Crew's inventive guitarist, the late Tommy Tedesco.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 10, 2015
With a son's love and duty, Tedesco ... breezily celebrates the team that laid down a thousand riffs back just before pop became too serious for anonymous craftsmanship.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 10, 2015
A good "behind the music" genre documentary that took entirely too long to reach theaters and suffers by comparison with some of the films that it inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 8, 2015
... an enjoyable labor of love
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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March 12, 2015
The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2015
This Memory Lane is lined with gold.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
March 22, 2015
Pays fond tribute to the musicians who were behind so much of the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of boomers' lives [as] an insiders' memoir . . . in loose, not chronological edit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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