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Muscle Shoals (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Essential for soul fans and entertaining for novices, Muscle Shoals offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse at one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music.

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MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. (C) Magnolia

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Hall's backstory, riddled with tragedy, gets the proper attention and respect here. But it's the music that won't let you stop watching.

April 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The movie is more a collection of cool people telling great stories than it is a structured documentary (despite Camalier's attempts in that direction). But in this case, that's enough.

October 24, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ...

October 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something.

October 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.

October 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history.

October 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Muscle Shoals

There have been a tremendous amount of music documentaries created over the last five years and Muscle Shoals adds to that memorable list. Here deep in Alabama, a unique sound emerges causing all the big names in music to come, record and pay homage. This is also a homage to those individuals who stayed in the community and contributed to that greatness.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Documentary explaining how two studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama became hit factories, supplying us with number one singles from Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, and others. This goes deeper into the music business and its history than the more celebrated 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, and Anthony Arendt's unexpectedly great cinematography makes this tiny hamlet and its environs into a character every bit as intriguing as the rural music moguls.

Greg S
Greg S

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