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Searching for Sugar Man Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 30, 2016
A first-rate doc about the unsung Latino Bob Dylan who brought the spirit of American civil rights and Vietnam War anti-establishment protests to South Africa's fight against apartheid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
So lightweight and underdeveloped, you leave the theatre feeling like they still haven't found him yet.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 1, 2013
Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 24, 2013
As a documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man" falls short, but as an enormously satisfying feel-good story it hits the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Aitken
Electric Sheep
January 7, 2013
You can still enjoy the film. I did, but it's nothing more than a fairy tale.
Ezra Stead
January 7, 2013
[Rodriguez] is a highly unusual and fascinating human being, and Searching for Sugar Man is a very interesting look at his life, his music, and the strange, fickle nature of fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Deming
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
There's no arguing this is a remarkable story, and director Malik Bendjelloul tells it beautifully, creating a powerful sense of mystery and discovery even when we're tipped off to how the story ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2013
At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Frosch
December 28, 2012
A nimble and engaging documentary, less about a man than about a myth -- and about the experience of loving an under-loved artist.
Jennifer Merin
December 16, 2012
'Searching For Sugar Man' simply shouts out for celebration!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 14, 2012
"Searching for Sugar Man" is a valentine to every artist who feels like he toils away in obscurity, unsure of or unaware of the impact he might make on the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 1, 2012
This story has an uplifting arc that suggests this isn't the last we'll hear of this forgotten hero of pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 26, 2012
Fortunately filmmaker Bendjelloul decided that Rodriguez's story needed to be told - one of the most fascinating biographies ever put on film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mike Scott
October 19, 2012
Part music documentary, part mystery, all inspirational homage to unrecognized genius everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 19, 2012
For the most part an endearing documentary about mystery Bob Dylan-like singer Sixto Rodriguez.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
October 18, 2012
An amazing story. If music is the glue of the world then Rodriguez is the super glue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 15, 2012
Does a nice job of presenting the mystery and history of Rodriguez... but seems incomplete, and biased in favor of its predetermined narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2012
Rodriguez, once he emerges from the mists, appears to be a sweet, decent - and remarkably intact - soul. One wonders if he had achieved his rock 'n' roll dreams, would his daughters have turned out so well?
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 12, 2012
There's a fascinating story in the rise and fall of singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, "the Latin Bob Dylan," and it's too bad that the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" doesn't tell enough of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Yap
October 11, 2012
A soulful, lip-tremblingly joyous movie that's one of the more affecting experiences I've had in a cinema this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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