May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (2017)

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From longtime fans Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio and filmed with extraordinary access over the course of more than two years, MAY IT LAST is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a- half rise, while chronicling their present-day collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy-nominated album "True Sadness," which was released on American Recordings/Republic Records. With the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong bond and unique creative partnership, as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a music documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It's a fine film, both as a music documentary and as a family story.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…
NPR
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But what "May It Last" never adequately explores is where that desolation and pain came from. The result is a celebration, without much in the way of revelation.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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An excellent blend of musical behind-the-scenes, open-hearted interviews, and performance.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Though it relies on all the typical clichés, in the end it convincingly portrays the band as real people, who care about each other and draw strength from the bonds of friendship and family.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Apatow and Bonfiglio do a fine job creating a portrait that should satisfy fans and serve as an inviting introduction to those who don't know the Avett's classic American music.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

We hear them talk about their lives and their beliefs, which are candidly examined in their music, and are the reason why it has connected with so many people.

Feb 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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