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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 4, 2013
The film certainly gives the band its due, but it will likely appeal more to Big Star cultists, ones eager for minutia about recording and business deals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
Overall, it's still a skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 3, 2013
By the end, I was muttering at every critic and musician and record producer, "Guys, tell me something I don't know."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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July 2, 2013
The story that writer-director Drew DeNicola and producer-director Olivia Mori reconstruct has the power to move even those who prefer Mozart or Lil Wayne.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 2, 2013
DiNicola explores the specifics of Big Star's implosion as well as anyone can, considering band breakups are much like shattered love affairs: Who ever really knows what went wrong?
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
July 2, 2013
A well-sourced account of a perfect, broken dream, Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's slightly shaggy documentary captures what it's like to discover music so good it seems as if it were made just for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 2, 2013
Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2013
It's a tale of extraordinary creative accomplishment followed by bitter rejection; fused with the band's lonely music, which DeNicola samples liberally on the soundtrack, it has the power of a pop myth.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2013
If Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me leads even one person to listen to Big Star for the first time, this movie will have done a great service.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2013
Rock doc is a boon to members of the Big Star cult.