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Punk's Not Dead Reviews

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2012
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2007
Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 27, 2007
Poor punk. Such a bundle of complexes, most of them encapsulated in the needlessly defensive title of Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2007
The movie covers a lot of time and territory, and some of its questions are great ones. (The biggest, for true punks: Is getting a big record deal a sign of ultimate success, or final defeat?)
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2007
About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 26, 2007
Play this movie loud. Really loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Camille Dodero
Village Voice
July 24, 2007
[It's] a documentary that's more about the enduring lifestyle of basement shows, crust-punk houses, and aging rebels than the music. And that can be fascinating stuff.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2007
Punk's Not Dead serves as a diehard's scrapbook of three decades of living punk, not a eulogy for an extinct underground retrofitted as a fashion trend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
Structured very loosely along chronological lines, Punk's Not Dead takes core samples from musical forefathers, mid-period bands, and snotty young kids, building a jangly, contradictory mosaic as it goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
June 24, 2006
Pacy, broad-based overview of the punk rock scene from 1977 to present packages a who's who of luminaries and rare performance clips into a vibrant proof-of-life statement underpinned by keen analysis of sociopolitical issues.