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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.

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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 Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process. (c) American Mary

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Critic Reviews for Mistaken for Strangers

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (15)

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.

April 4, 2014 | Full Review…

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

April 4, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Very "meta," very funny and very, very touching.

April 3, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

For all their obvious differences, the bond between affable Tom and laser-intense Matt reveals itself in ways both subtle and profound.

April 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Alternately hilarious, cringe-inducing, inspiring, depressing, stupid and profoundly intelligent.

April 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You don't have to be a fan of the band to be touched by these disparate souls. It does help if you have endured or been either version of these brothers-black sheep or golden child.

March 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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 lead singer of a fantastic indie rock band of worldwide reputation.

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