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Hype!

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This rock documentary by director Doug Pray focuses on the explosion of grunge music that took place in the Pacific Northwest during the early 1990s. While the film features the most popular bands of the movement -- namely Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden -- it also presents lesser-known acts such as the Melvins, Mudhoney and Seaweed. Incorporating concert clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the movie paints a dynamic picture of this highly influential scene.

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Critic Reviews for Hype!

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (2)

  • The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it.

    March 18, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hype! is a smart look at an important musical event that featured a lot of great music almost as a by-product.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

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  • The film makers themselves don't seem to understand the deep cultural resonances created by this hype. Worse, they endorse the selfishness of the Seattle-ites who, apparently, want all this good stuff for themselves.

    March 18, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Between these lulls is a compact, interesting chronicle of an extraordinarily fertile local music community and what happens when its talent becomes a worldwide commodity overnight.

    March 18, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hype wants you to think that a few interviews with some less popular bands and some poorly shot concert footage lend the film an insider legitimacy and credibility that excuse it from the same accountability it demands from other media.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The movie depicts a Seattle that is a good deal more complex -- and fun -- than the one that survives in most media overviews, a welcome antidote to woe-is-Kurt nostalgia.

    March 18, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hype!

  • Jul 20, 2010
    I'm on a rock doc kick at the moment and it's been about a decade since I watched this film. We used to watch this film all the time in high school. shit. I've dated myself. Anyways, if you like music and you remember the 90s, this movie is a must see. Is grunge 'retro' yet? I think it might be time to get the band back together... Up next. Reality Bites!
    Ping C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Required viewing for fans of grunge music, this is just an extremely well-made documentary. Filled with candid, insightful interviews and incredible music, it's an evocative portrait of a wild phase in rock music. As someone who loves grunge, I was captivated by this film.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
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