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Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling
December 12, 2015
Though slickly made, the film nicks through the varnish of celebrity to get these guys fully in touch with their inner music geek (which, honestly, is not that far under the surface).
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
What a great structural concept for a music documentary!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
Turn up the volume.
Dan Jardine
August 26, 2011
there are some lovely moments in the film simply due to the high profile reputations of the three musicians
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011
Guggenheim's depictions of his subjects' artistic development will strike universal chords in anyone who finds meaning in creativity.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2010
Watching this film, we are utterly gripped as we hear the stories of three rock guitar legends and then see them interacting with each other. Yet while there's never a dull moment, the film still feels a bit random.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 8, 2010
The mood's too good-spirited, and in that there are great pleasures - not least the sound-of-mind thinking of three rockers putting paid to the tired cliché of burbling rock gods trapped in their own shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
January 8, 2010
The film might have benefited from a trim and a more linear approach, but mostly it fulfils its role as an illuminating homage to both the protagonists involved and, above all, the guitar as popular music's most timeless icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
January 8, 2010
For guitar freaks and fans of these guys, the film gives you a unique chance to hang out with some real guitar heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
January 8, 2010
A bizarre follow-up to the fifth biggest cinema documentary of all time, and one that's as testing on the patience as a 10-minute guitar solo with extra tremolo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 8, 2010
It's artfully assembled in an unflashy manner.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 8, 2010
It's never less than a compelling watch as the trio of turbo-charged troubadours swap anecdotes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
January 8, 2010
Guggenheim's attempts to inject some drama hit a bum note while the climactic summit between the three axe gods is let down by a lack of chemistry, resulting in more of a cheerful jam than a headline act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
January 8, 2010
Fellow players and aspiring rock gods will thrill at the scenes of the trio jamming together, but Guggenheim's film never takes an insular "muso" view and has plenty to offer the lay person.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 8, 2010
If you're a fan of any of their bands, rock music or the electric guitar, you'll find a lot to love here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 8, 2010
Even for me, a rock illiterate, this is interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

London Evening Standard
January 8, 2010
The film gets up close and personal, proving that each is a musician first and a rock 'n' roll star afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2010
The film seems a bit too in thrall to U2, which means far too much time is devoted to The Edge at the expense of watching Page fire through some of his thunderous Led Zeppelin riffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
January 7, 2010
The personal stories are informative, interesting and nicely illustrated but the central meeting between the three men lacks both passion and personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
December 3, 2009
Academically picking apart artistic processes tends to pull all passion out of the pursuit. However, "Loud" evenhandedly showcases three musicians striving and struggling as much to expand a signature sound as they did when it was initially inked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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