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CBGB Reviews

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2013
Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic.
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October 10, 2013
This is not a film for purists or quibblers.
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 10, 2013
I'm here to tell you why I enjoyed CBGB despite its terribleness. Or rather, because of its terribleness.
Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
With nonexistent character depth, abysmal storytelling, and an aesthetic gimmick that hurts the film far more than it helps, all CBGB only benefits from a killer soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 28, 2014
You figure a movie that features the Ramones and Blondie would be so extraordinary and energetic, but "CBGB" makes them seem so mundane and unimportant.
Stephen Silver
December 17, 2013
Plays like it was written and directed by people who have never listened to or heard of punk rock in their lives
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jay Stone
December 12, 2013
Under Rickman's pained gaze you wonder what he saw in the music, although when you hear it... it does take you back. There's something there, but CBGB isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Prigge
November 14, 2013
It's '24 Hour Party People' without the wit and definitely without the love of the music it pretends to lionize.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
November 8, 2013
Ultimately, CBGB tries to be too cute of a film about a great, gritty topic, but for those seeking an innocent trip through a pivotal time in rock, it's better than a kick in the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
October 24, 2013
By no stretch of the imagination is CBGB a well-made movie. [But] since the lightweight plot and great music make this less annoying than Rock of Ages, fans of the era may find something to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
October 18, 2013
The film has energy to spare, but the comic-book visual style is heavy-handed and the film merely skims the surface of the club's influence on the pop-culture landscape.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 18, 2013
A rushed, chaotic and almost incoherent recap of the backstory behind the Lower East Side's iconic (and now defunct) punk music club.
Robert Levin
October 18, 2013
The magnitude of what went on at 315 Bowery is largely missing, though it's hard not to be at least a little bit stirred by the covers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
October 15, 2013
The music rocks, but little else does, in Randall Miller's sitcom snapshot of New York's iconic punk incubator.
Nora Lee Mandel
October 13, 2013
Warm gloss of nostalgia over the rise of the punk music scene in gritty 1970's downtown New York. The spirit of musical and visual energy outweighs fanciful superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist
October 11, 2013
It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from Friends-albeit with slightly more stain-but CBGB does it with total conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
October 11, 2013
'CBGB' is something those clamoring, three-chord amateurs rarely were: harmless.
Todd Gilchrist
Comic Book Resources
October 11, 2013
a moderately effective overview of the club's early years, distilled into sitcom-worthy vignettes without the kind of recklessness to make them seem truly dangerous, CBGB is the pop-punk version of a raucous, punk-rock story.
Bill Gibron
October 11, 2013
These are icons, not accessories in some Hot Topic cover version of "Teenage Lobotomy."
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Christy Lemire
October 11, 2013
"CBGB" ain't no party, it ain't no disco, it ain't no foolin' around.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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