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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2009
Lively doc on the late Brit punk rocker guitarist for the Clash.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2008
This offers Strummer fans unlimited access to the man behind the legend. Though it really is for fans - who should run and buy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 20, 2008
Julien Temple's film is an energizing work of art, a visually striking and inspiring look at a band that never 'sold out' and the leader who saw to it that they didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 3, 2008
The big unanswerable question is: Do we wish Strummer would have listened to David Lee Roth's advice that "You don't have to take life so seriously, honey"?
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 1, 2008
Miracle of miracles, a valuable portrait of Strummer manages to emerge from the chaos, helped by the film's one consistent thread: tapes of a BBC World Service radio show he hosted in his final years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2008
[Director Julien Temple] stops short of hagiography, while exhaustively positing Strummer as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 1, 2008
Temple, who chronicled the Sex Pistols...offers the full, sometimes bloated, context of Strummer's life through the testimony of his many friends and collaborators.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 18, 2008
Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2008
The film is the work of an admirer, but not an uncritical one.
January 9, 2008
Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
Temple has plenty of cinematic tricks and willing interview subjects.
January 4, 2008
Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2008
One of the most compelling documentary portraits of a musician yet made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 14, 2007
Future is overlong and will best be enjoyed and understood by fans, but even newcomers will appreciate the essential drive of the man, who died of a sudden heart attack in 2002, and admire his ability to balance anger and ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 14, 2007
The story illustrates how easily political art can be hijacked by the other side, and it illuminates the anguish of a man who spent the last 20 years of his life wrestling with his legacy.
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