Mistaken for Strangers Reviews

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November 22, 2019
Mistaken for Strangers feels like a depressed guy riding his famous older sibling's coattails in a vain attempt to make sense out of his life.
June 15, 2019
Brilliant when exploring the creative process and the internal struggle any artist faces to make something good despite their doubts and fears.
March 26, 2019
By wearing his heart on his sleeve and exhibiting an unflinching degree of honesty and passion, Mistaken for Strangers traverses the banal hero worship and reverie of an orthodox music documentary.
January 15, 2016
A road movie that plays with the conventions of a rockumentary to make a very intimate film about dealing with stardom. [Full review in Spanish]
November 25, 2014
Whether he's playing a character or simply being his goofy self, Tom Berninger is an impishly comic figure...
July 8, 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.
June 30, 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.
June 29, 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.
June 27, 2014
We loved every minute of Tom's company and his film, right down to Halford's O Holy Night over the closing credits.
June 27, 2014
A beautiful movie about fame and family.
June 27, 2014
It's the scenes detailing Tom's efforts to bring all the material together that demonstrate what he's really capable of, and they give the film a satisfying pay-off.
June 26, 2014
An amusing, and occasionally touching meditation on fame, sibling rivalry and ambition, with a sweet payoff.
June 26, 2014
One of the most hilarious, honest films about two brothers you're ever likely to see.
June 26, 2014
We learn almost nothing about the band, other than they're fairly diligent and boring ...
June 26, 2014
The film is helplessly, or craftily, scatter-shaped. Molecules fly everywhere: bits of concert footage, bits of serious or This is Spinal Tap -ish interviews; bits - or lots - of Tom existentially imploding.
June 23, 2014
An affecting, hilarious portrait of chalk/cheese sibling love, with a sweet twist: Tom thinks he's a loser, but his film is a winning one-off.
June 23, 2014
It could easily have been a workaday music doc, but amid all the gigs, pit stops and sound checks emerges a funny and wry story of brothers at work.
May 30, 2014
Possibly the most honest and complex and competent effort of its kind.
April 28, 2014
A teasing essay on sibling tensions ... a backdrop for a gonzo self-portrait, a likeably self-deprecating music-biz counterpart to Louis C.K.'s TV shows.
April 17, 2014
Ostensibly a behind-the-scenes tour document...but it can't detach itself from the point-of-view of its maker. So it becomes about itself. It's quietly ingenious that way.
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