Great World of Sound Reviews

November 17, 2011
February 22, 2008
Craig Zobel's soul-crushing docudrama slums in the real rags-to-rags tragedy of the lowest rung of the music industry.
January 11, 2008
Zobel ultimately comes down on the side of the suckers, whose need to make music -- even bad music -- gives them an unimpeachable dignity
October 26, 2007
A confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare.
October 12, 2007
Anyone who has enjoyed laughing at the bad singers auditioning on American Idol, consider the independent film Great World of Sound your penance.
October 6, 2007
The laughs flow.
October 5, 2007
A quiet, clever and sometimes moving film about an unusual grifting lifestyle.
September 28, 2007
...an involving, offbeat and truly unusual American independent film.
September 27, 2007
Zobel's directorial debut is as bleak a look at working as Miller or Mamet's efforts, but what's most striking about this bittersweet drama is its absence of indignant rage.
September 14, 2007
Much of the movie is spot-on.
September 14, 2007
Nimble performers...lift Great World of Sound above its central gimmick, turning it into a subtle, funny and depressing observation of unspoken race and class tensions.
September 13, 2007
Great World of Sound is about the chicanery that feeds off pinched wallets, but it's also a metaphorical satire of a music business so busy scavenging for sales it has forgotten its roots.
May 2, 2007
A movie about conscience that flatly refuses the catharsis and redemption a mainstream feature would demand, Great World of Sound is a dirty gem, shining despite the modesty of its production.
April 26, 2007
[Director] Zobel has an Altmanesque ear for the the way people talk, and he evokes Altman's loose style and cynical sensibility. The film deftly suggests that the tension between being famous and being broke can be illogical and very cruel.
February 21, 2007
Low-key but enormously charming pic.
January 24, 2007
Morally ambiguous, subtly crafted, resolutely free of clich and made with almost no money, The Great World of Sound is under-the-radar independent filmmaking in the Jarmusch-Cassavetes mode, both noble and ruthless in spirit.