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April 8, 2017
An emotional fairy tale that doesn't fall into the melodramatic. [Full review in Spanish]
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
May 3, 2015
So lightweight and underdeveloped, you leave the theatre feeling like they still haven't found him yet.
March 1, 2013
Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 7, 2013
You can still enjoy the film. I did, but it's nothing more than a fairy tale.
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
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
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
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.
December 16, 2012
'Searching For Sugar Man' simply shouts out for celebration!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
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-
October 19, 2012
Part music documentary, part mystery, all inspirational homage to unrecognized genius everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 19, 2012
For the most part an endearing documentary about mystery Bob Dylan-like singer Sixto Rodriguez.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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