Mistaken for Strangers (2014)



Critic Consensus: A suitably complicated look at fraternal bonds, Mistaken for Strangers offers more depth and insight than the usual tour documentary.

Mistaken for Strangers Videos & Photos

Movie Info

Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP," MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Berninger
In Theaters:
Box Office: $0.1M
Abramorama Entertainment - Official Site


Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Mistaken for Strangers

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Mistaken for Strangers

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13)

The best thing about Mistaken for Strangers, a new documentary about the band the National, is that you don't have to be a fan to enjoy it.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The finest rock doc since Anvil: The Story of Anvil.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Whether he's playing a character or simply being his goofy self, Tom Berninger is an impishly comic figure...

Full Review… | November 25, 2014

A unique, eccentric and highly enjoyable mix of brotherly soap opera and behind-the-scenes cringe comedy that even newcomers to The National's moody charms will enjoy.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014

With a loose, rambling style, this documentary starts as a backstage glimpse of a rock tour before shifting into an exploration of brotherhood and finally into something much more self-reflective.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014

It's an uneven affair, embraced as unguardedly "intimate" by some fans of the band, but in reality less moving than Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and lacking the objective insight of Terry Zwigoff's oddly comparable Crumb.

Full Review… | June 29, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Mistaken for Strangers


A captivating rock-doc that begins rather clumsy but later grows to become a surprisingly revealing portrait of a man who has always felt diminished compared to his successful brother - who happens to be the singer in a fantastic indie rock band of worldwide reputation.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

I'm not even really familiar with The National, but I loved this movie. Tom and Matt are like 2 sides of one person. We all want to be like Matt but we're much closer to Tom. This was a disarmingly human movie that will make your heart explode.


If you don't like The National I can't really recommend this doc. A film student would have done a better job. Hoping Tom finds joy in other hobbies outside of film making or being a roadie.

Mistaken for Strangers Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Mistaken for Strangers on our Movie forum!