Satan & Adam

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In 1986, when harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee, it was the beginning of an unforgettable collaboration--dubbed Satan & Adam. Amidst the racial tension in New York City, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their musical stylings perfectly aligned. After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, the duo rose to international acclaim from their Harlem street corner. But as quickly as they were discovered, their meteoric rise was cut short when Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared. The result is an odyssey 23 years in the making that captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

  • Surprisingly flat. Too bad, since their story would seem like a can't-miss.

    May 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What it lacks in coherence is remedied by its verve. Ultimately it's an upbeat movie about life's downbeats.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • [O]ver the course of the 23 years it would take Balcerek to make the film, their unconventional professional collaboration and sustained friendship serves as a moving testament to the boundary-shattering language of music.

    April 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The blues seep into every scene of "Satan & Adam," a gritty yet lovely documentary. And even after the songs stop, the music's bittersweet emotions linger.

    April 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Even as the film captivates, it sparks instant theorizing as to who will play the lead roles in the inevitable Hollywood feel-good dramatization.

    April 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Proves to be surprisingly touching and engrossing for the most part, even as you keep wishing that it filled in more of the details about the life and work of Satan & Adam. Oh yeah, the music is pretty good as well.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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