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Muscle Shoals Reviews

April 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2013
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2013
Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2013
Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.
October 18, 2013
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
What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place.
October 17, 2013
It is hands down one of the best music documentaries ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2013
A mesmerizing documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2013
Like 20 Feet From Stardom, another standout music doc of 2013, Muscle Shoals skillfully shines a light on unheralded musicians whose names usually are not illuminated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
It's mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and rhythm and blues of the 1960s and '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2013
[An] alternately maddening and magnificent documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2013
Even fans who don't know Muscle Shoals by name know its music by heart. Now they can also see how much soul went into it.
October 10, 2013
Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier skillfully, unhurriedly unfurls a wealth of classic music-biz tales as told by a who's who of R&B, soul and rock 'n' roll royalty and various other players and purveyors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2013
"Muscle Shoals" is filled with great stories, characters and songs -- and, really, what else could you want from a music documentary?
October 4, 2013
Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 3, 2013
The film runs a tad long (just under two hours) and could stand another edit, but Mick, Keith, Bono and Aretha are on a roll, man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2013
Just as "Sweet Home Alabama" speaks for itself without revealing its meaning, so does this American story of ferment and feuding and amazing pop music.
September 27, 2013
[A] charming, reverently shot ramble.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2013
It might have functioned even better as an hour-long TV documentary. But with such great music coming, one hit after after another, it's always a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2013
The documentary is a little slapdash, but then so is the very idea of what Muscle Shoals means. Is it the town itself? Or the celebrated rhythm section that started at one studio and then formed its own?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
September 26, 2013
Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story.
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-
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
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.