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CBGB Reviews

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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-
Travis Hopson
September 12, 2013
There's very little rockin' goin' on at the CBGB, and those unfamiliar with it will wonder what the fuss is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian McManus
Village Voice
October 7, 2013
CBGB misses the opportunity to educate. But its biggest sin, unlike many who performed there, is that it also misses the opportunity to entertain.
Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International
October 11, 2013
CBGB generally feels like a misstep, with self-aware characters all stuck in a movie that can't decide what it wants to be stylistically.
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
October 11, 2013
'CBGB' is something those clamoring, three-chord amateurs rarely were: harmless.
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
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
October 8, 2013
As the film moves from one musical performance to another, the result increasingly feels like a series of celebrity impersonations set to a best-of-punk compilation album.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
October 7, 2013
CBGB is like a cheap cover band - sure, you'll get some entertainment, but the experience is missing that original spark of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 10, 2013
In place of punk's howling rage, you get gross-out jokes that include at least a half-dozen close-ups of the poop from Kristal's bowel-challenged dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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Kate Erbland
October 9, 2013
The absolute antithesis to the pioneering punk spirit it tries to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.7/10
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 8, 2013
Mythologizing by way of whip-pans and slapstick spit-takes, CBGB just might be the CBGB that we deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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.
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
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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 10, 2013
The movie feels like a Las Vegas imitation of a place that was once scuzzily, beautifully alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
October 10, 2013
Unenlightening and overworked, the effort turns the raw energy of a movement into a Saturday morning cartoon, counting on a soundtrack of classics to carry the viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
October 3, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] If you're a punk fan then you're - at best - on the dark side of your '40s. Nonetheless, you will be drawn to see "CBGB" for yourself regardless of how disappointed you will be.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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