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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 17, 2007
The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive... it's probably best suited to those who are already fans.
Pete Hammond
Maxim
November 9, 2007
A remarkably well-detailed doc that proves 'Rock The Casbah' is not just that song from the cell phone commercials.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 9, 2007
Temple's film offers a rich, detailed portrait of a commanding but idealistic Strummer against the backdrop of the do-it-yourself punk ethos of the late '70s.
| Original Score: 4/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 9, 2007
Julien Temple has assembled a complex portrait of a human being and the times in which he lived.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2007
The Future Is Written is a loving testimonial to one of rock's true originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
George Varga
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 9, 2007
The Future Is Unwritten does an ample job of capturing the many facets of Strummer, who was simultaneously self-effacing and and heroic, devoted and calculating, sensitive and brazen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 9, 2007
Julian Temple has done cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 9, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is that rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject.
| Original Score: A-
Jim Harrington
Contra Costa Times
November 9, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is a film for fans -- really big fans. More-casual admirers, perhaps those whose only Strummer CD is the Clash's "London Calling," should probably stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 9, 2007
Suffused with clear-eyed affection for its subject and times, this is not your little brother's punk documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 8, 2007
It's a great story arc, and this alone makes the movie worth seeing, but Temple's filmmaking may frustrate more than it enlightens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
The singer's life is compressed into a two-hour montage of interviews, vintage video snippets and artsy filigree in Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 8, 2007
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten is one artist's moving tribute to another: director Julien Temple's poetic evocation of the life of punk's greatest troubadour.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 4, 2007
Leaves behind a surprising afterglow and allows you to appreciate Joe Strummer's warmth.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 2, 2007
Little sense of the band's import or power is ever communicated. Instead, Temple devotes the entire second hour of the film to Strummer's uninteresting post-Clash career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 2, 2007
[Director Temple's] documentary can be quite clear-eyed, especially when exploring Strummer's lesser-known years before and after The Clash. As Strummer attempts to define and redefine himself, he seems human but still heroic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 2, 2007
The movie fascinates not so much because of Strummer, whose brooding temperament and flash-and-burn career arc seems pretty routine by rock standards, but because of the way Temple organized and edited the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
November 2, 2007
A great gift for those longing to revisit the groovy times of a punk rock past.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
November 2, 2007
Joe Strummer may have sung 'I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.,' but American audiences will be anything but bored with music video innovator Julien Temple's coruscating celebration of the iconic Clash singer/songwriter.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 2, 2007
Little else we've not been exposed to in the last handful of years.
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