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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Reviews

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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.
November 1, 2007
[Julien Temple's] insider's point of view both helps and hurts the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2007
An attempt at a tribute to a great man. Strummer doesn't need it.
| Original Score: 5/10
November 2, 2007
Little else we've not been exposed to in the last handful of years.
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
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
November 21, 2007
Indulgent celebrity interviews..., repetitive details from Strummer's friends, and rapid-fire editing of found footage that sometimes matches the music but often just clouds the narrative.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2007
A remarkably well-detailed doc that proves 'Rock The Casbah' is not just that song from the cell phone commercials.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2007
Anyone who's ever been a fan of the Clash or Strummer's music should be fascinated by this comprehensive look at his eccentric life.
| Original Score: 8/10
November 1, 2007
a loving filmic portrait
| Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2007
I've never cared for Joe Strummer and The Clash, but Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten is, for the most part, some sort of incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2007
The great thing about the cumulative effect of the documentary is its ability to give the audience a strong sense of Strummer's uncompromising humanitarian ideals. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, and you'll shed a tear.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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
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
November 1, 2007
You'll feel like you're at an amazing eulogy, where friends and family don't mourn the loss of their loved one but tell stories about his life.
January 9, 2008
Temple's film is a fittingly conscientious and absorbing tribute to his complex, contradictory personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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