All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Reviews

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July 2, 2019
What gives All Things Must Pass its teeth is Hanks' doggedness to understand the confluence of events necessary to sink an empire.
June 6, 2019
It's a simple, entertaining documentary, one that prefers to sit back and let its entertaining subjects guide the film.
December 19, 2017
The film shows how a rebel can confront a system, but also how it can be swallowed. [Full review in Spanish]
October 10, 2017
The movie might have been more entertaining for otherwise uninterested viewers if it served up more sleazy stories from the days when LA was the music capital of the world and every rocker haunted Tower.
February 20, 2016
A love letter to the store and Solomon ... but also to the bygone era of music consumption before iPods and Spotify.
December 11, 2015
Director Colin Hanks lets his affection for his subject run over. The film probably is for record aficionados only.
December 4, 2015
We learn of the party-hearty environment and family-like vibe of a world where it was cool to write off cocaine as a business expense. And we see the hubris and myopia that doomed the industry.
December 3, 2015
Hanks found an amiable raconteur in Solomon, now 90 but sharp and focused on the business that was his life. A collection of Solomon's confidants sing his praises and get misty about how much fun they had in the old days.
November 19, 2015
As Bruce Springsteen says in the film, "Everybody in a record store is a little bit of your friend for 20 minutes or so." And he's right - including all the ups and downs that friendship entails.
November 14, 2015
This is Tower's story, and Hanks tells in a way that will resonate with both grizzled music veterans who have hung onto their physical collections, and millennials wondering what all the fuss was about.
November 12, 2015
Hanks makes the rookie mistake of covering the same points too thoroughly - the film could be 10 to 15 minutes shorter - but you can see why he lets entertaining interviewees ramble a bit.
November 6, 2015
It's loving and lovely, but goes too easy on the hubris and greed.
November 5, 2015
Colin Hanks makes his feature directing debut with this irresistible documentary about the evolution of the music business.
November 5, 2015
Lively and loving ...
November 5, 2015
The real beating heart of the film is its collection of wild war tales told by the company's former employees, who regarded Tower as more than just a paycheck gig or a commercial proposition.
November 5, 2015
Solomon's skills as a raconteur, the employees' unabashed love for their work, and the constant stream of rock music playing in the background advance the film into something much more than a talking-heads documentary.
November 5, 2015
In Colin Hanks' admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn't just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply.
October 30, 2015
Hanks and Leckart tap into a latent nostalgia for Tower's free-and-easy heyday, and the movie is an intensely bittersweet experience for anyone who grew up with Tower Records as a home away from home.
October 29, 2015
Overall, this is an assured effort: informative, bittersweet and appealing for both the young and the not so young.
October 24, 2015
A warm, wistful documentary that fondly recalls a time when buying music was a communal activity and not just clicking on things.
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