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Benda Bilili! Reviews

October 14, 2011
Staff Benda Bilili's unlikely triumph is an epic feat, with or without anyone's help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2011
From out of the gloom comes the hypnotic grooves of a band called Staff Benda Bilili. The name means "look beyond appearances," and the members of this remarkable musical collective do just that.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2011
Benda Belili! reminds us that we need to look beyond The X Factor to discover musical talent that strikes a deeper chord.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
"Benda Bilili!" earns its exclamation point. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
"Benda Bilili!" is brutally real, a document of willpower that shows not only the magic of transcendence - which may be fleeting - but also the transformation of aspiring to it, every struggling step of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
This unsentimental, smartly assembled film is equally attentive to the cacophony of African poverty and the balm of harmony provided by these pied pipers of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2011
See the film to glimpse something of the band's awesome stage show.
September 27, 2011
Given how manipulatively constructed this music doc is, even in its rawest moments, you still leave feeling like you've been played.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2011
An uplifting, understated and wholly engaging insight into a world entirely unlike our own...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5