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Muscle Shoals Reviews

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September 29, 2013
Ruminations on Native American legends and Helen Keller's water pump would be fine in an Alabama travelogue, but in 'Muscle Shoals?' Couldn't we please get back to "Mustang Sally?"
September 26, 2013
At once overstuffed with interviews and intellectually underdeveloped, the movie charts the area's music industry and what is lyrically if elusively called the Muscle Shoals sound.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 24, 2013
This geeked-out tribute to the rural Alabama town that birthed an improbable amount of classic R&B and rock doesn't have a theory behind its parade of hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2017
An occasionally doleful but otherwise lively trip, Muscle Shoals is yet another cinematic shout-out to those unsung heroes who came out of nowhere and made music that mattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2013
A stubborn charmer whose life was a magnet for tragedy, Hall is the emotional centre not only of the Muscle Shoals sound but of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2013
[A] charming, reverently shot ramble.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 30, 2013
The film possesses considerable persuasive power despite its modest substance and simple construction, making it very much like the timeless songs it showcases.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 27, 2013
..Muscle Shoals and its presentation doesn't reinvent the wheel...the treasure trove of stills and found footage makes for a compelling and effortlessly watchable film that even the casual music fan should find themselves totally engrossed in.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 10, 2013
As the documentary demonstrates, knowing it when you hear it is one thing, but trying to explain the origin of the Muscle Shoals sound and its qualities is like dancing about architecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
A bit lengthy but packed with great music, this is a solid documentary that musicians and fans of soul music will likely enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 30, 2013
It is amazing to see how this style and sound came to fruition as it changed the careers of artists like Aretha Franklin and created some of the most memorable albums and songs from artists like Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and [more].
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 25, 2013
And lo, the musical miscegenation was good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2013
Exceptional music, unexceptional documentary on the swampy sounds of the famous Tennessee backing band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2013
Warm, enjoyable, smooth and lightweight, this celebratory documentary is a gentle tribute to a remarkable man and his work.
September 24, 2013
The archival footage is strong, Camalier is generous with musical clips, and the talking heads generate some drama when describing epochal moments like Aretha's first session.
December 19, 2013
Though Muscle Shoals can seem a little conventional, you could never say the same thing of its soundtrack
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2013
A sumptuously assembled, exhaustively comprehensive film about music that changed lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2013
Although the intriguingly named first-time director Greg "Freddy" Camalier makes the twice-told tales of the film's second hour watchable, they end up paling in comparison to its essayistic first half.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 2, 2013
Music history at its elegiac best
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2013
Supremely enjoyable, Muscle Shoals doesn't add much to the record, but it will probably induce you to flip through your collection for a few to spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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