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October 11, 2013
...it is hard to walk away too disappointed when the stories are this fascinating-and when the music is this triumphant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2013
Not nearly as moving, crowd-pleasing or powerful as Searching for Sugar Man or Standing in the Shadows of Motown, but it's nonetheless an insightful, slick and engaging music doc for fans of hip-hop.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
September 13, 2013
The film is nearly as fun as the song.
September 13, 2013
For a documentary filled with such joyous, danceable beats, there's still a note of sadness playing through Sample This.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2013
This improbably fascinating documentary will be manna from heaven to pop culture devotees.
September 12, 2013
The movie provides a vivid sense of the period, as well as an intriguing backstage look at the making of improbable pop classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2013
With their love of their craft and their respect for other talents, these bighearted musicians make for a warmly gratifying film to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 12, 2013
The film offers disappointingly little insight into the music itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 12, 2013
While a 90-minute movie about a song might seem ripe for thinness, Sample This is never dull. Tightly paced and packed with unbelievable twists and turns, it's a truly fun experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 12, 2013
We've all danced at some time another to the rhythmic "Apache," even if we didn't know it, and this highly enjoyable doc reveals the incredibly colorful and variegated tale behind it.
September 12, 2013
Sample This contains a wealth of revelations about music and musicians with which most people are intimately familiar yet know little about.
September 12, 2013
It's amazing how the inquisitive eye can find one intriguing cultural thread, tug on it and then unravel a fascinating forgotten history.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2013
As an enjoyable documentary about the history behind a surprising game-changer of a song, this film works well. But it misses the opportunity to take its material to the next level and say something bigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2013
The music is incredible, and through interviews with Rosey Grier, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, and a squadron of old-school studio musicians, director Dan Forrer unearths some of the hidden history of American pop.
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