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A Band Called Death Reviews

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Drew McWeeny
HitFix
July 1, 2013
It is a deeply moving story of a family that was both bound together and driven apart by art, and it tells this personal story so beautifully that there were several moments that gave me actual chills.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Shiverdecker
Paste Magazine
June 28, 2013
Even if you didn't know a thing about the band and you don't even typically listen to the kind of music they play, you're going to find yourself thankful that the Hackney brothers are now in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 28, 2013
Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 28, 2013
The story of Death sure adds an interesting and virtually unknown footnote to the annals of punk rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 28, 2013
Still sounding amazingly fresh, the brothers' good spirits and storytelling are as infectiously appealing as their punk rock seems to be a fountain of youth
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
June 28, 2013
... a must-watch for fans of punk music, vinyl record wonks, or even those interested ... a visionary entertainment dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
June 28, 2013
In the vein of Searching for Sugar Man, this earnest and engaging doc again proves that all the best nonfiction music stories aren't tied up in bitterness and acrimony, and certainly aren't related to any level of achieved fame.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 27, 2013
[A] generous, spirited documentary [that captures] one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
It was fans' ardor that began the Death revival and propels the movie's exhilarating second half.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
If you're looking for a 96-minute jolt of joy, look no further than this uplifting, well-made documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
June 27, 2013
More than anything else, the movie is about family -- how we support them and they support us, what we sacrifice for them, how they inspire us and hold us back, what we tell them and what we leave out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2013
The film is nothing much cinematically, and some of the narrative details and circumstances seemed fudged. But it's a great story, told with a fan's honest appreciation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
If ever a movie about punk deserved to be called legitimately sweet and life-affirming, it's the documentary "A Band Called Death."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brian McManus
Village Voice
June 27, 2013
A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 27, 2013
By the end, "A Band Called Death" doesn't just uncover a new chapter in punk history. It lets you to experience it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 27, 2013
These docs often conclude with some sort of triumphant reunion tour, but it's more heartwarming than usual to see children paying tribute to their parents by covering their ancient songs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 27, 2013
The music's better than the stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
June 26, 2013
Captures the joy of music, the remarkable influence it can have on future talents, and the importance of appeasing nothing but the creative drive within.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2013
The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 25, 2013
A new wrinkle on Andy Warhol's maxim: Eventually, every undiscovered band will receive its own righteous documentary, lapped up by a bin-trawling audience (and a festival circuit ready to serve them).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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