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A Band Called Death Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
July 12, 2013
Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2013
If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 3, 2013
A Band Called Death shines the light on a previously unexplored corner of musical history and does it in an accessible, straightforward manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
July 1, 2013
Death never got very far, and their story is a fascinating one, told beautifully by Jeff Howlett and Mark Christopher Covino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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
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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
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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.
| 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
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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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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
June 20, 2013
This rock doc rewrites punk history while telling an emotional story about an artist's spirit and his faithful family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 20, 2013
[An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2013
Determined and persuasive filmmaking pays off with a moving and remarkable true-life account of groundbreaking musicianship.
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William Goss
Film.com
June 19, 2013
Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett have crafted a rousing account of the Hackney brothers, who would not only form the rare all-black punk band, but do so in the mid-'70s, nearly beating the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to the punch.