Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Reviews

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Kevin Harley
Total Film
August 22, 2014
The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Healy
Radio Times
August 1, 2014
There's a distinct lack of archive footage of the band in their prime, but the director makes a good stab at bringing to life the studio sessions that produced such treasures as The Ballad of El Goodo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Hann
August 1, 2014
The result is an observed story, without the why of Big Star's musical disintegration that is at the heart of their enduring legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
July 31, 2014
Rewards true fans while enticing the uninitiated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
December 9, 2013
Two emotions fight for dominance while watching the saga - the exhilaration that comes from seeing great artists working at the peak of their powers, and the frustration of watching the world ignore those great artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2013
Messy but inspiring musical doc.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 25, 2013
I thought the film worked best when it was concentrating on Big Star, but wandered a bit when it drifted on to what happened to band members after the breakup. The film has a melancholy feel to it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 30, 2013
It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 26, 2013
With Nothing Can Hurt Me, Big Star, the Vincent van Gogh of rock music, gets a documentary worthy of its legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 25, 2013
If you're not already a fan of the power pop godfathers, "Big Star" could make you one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 25, 2013
All the making-of footage and scenes offering a taste of Memphis in the '70s will probably thrill established Big Star lovers in a big way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2013
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is no doubt going to please fans of the cult rock band, but the rest of us may feel like outsiders - not put off by the proceedings, really, but somewhat mystified as to what all the fuss is about.
Jamie S. Rich
July 19, 2013
Nothing Can Hurt Me is the perfect music doc in that it services longtime fans while providing the opportunity to make new ones as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
July 15, 2013
[Documents] the band's coming together and falling apart and [offers] a passionate tribute to its brilliant, beautiful music.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 12, 2013
All too many music documentaries send you away feeling unsatisfied, but with its heartfelt backstory and generous helpings of music, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a shining exception.
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2013
[A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band's thwarted expectations.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
Nothing Can Hurt Me is a must for fans ... because so much of Big Star's story has been parceled out piecemeal over the years, in anecdotes and liner notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 11, 2013
Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
July 5, 2013
Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's lovingly assembled documentary inventories the near-misses and noble failures that comprised Big Star's short career, as well as the tragedies that occurred after they'd stopped recording.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 4, 2013
It seems like a bittersweet inevitability that even a celebration as reverential as this one is suffused with such aching poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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