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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 11, 2012
Engrossing even when it's a little unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2012
One of the most bizarre pop music documentaries ever...a singularly fascinating true-life tale that many of its participants still find difficult to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 5, 2012
...it isn't merely the content that makes Searching for Sugar Man so affecting: it's the way that Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul sets up the story and peels away the mystery of Rodriguez, one layer at time.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 4, 2012
A mystery as compelling as any fictional detective story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 4, 2012
The first half of this film is mysterious whereas the second half is wonderfully inspiring. It's proof that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
October 2, 2012
This is a fine documentary; insightful and entertaining with a genteel approach to uncovering a figure so close to the hearts of an unexpected fan base.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 2, 2012
A celebration of an artist and the power of art to transcend time and place
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 1, 2012
Much credit to director Malik Bendjelloul for surprising this cynical and desensitised film watcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
September 30, 2012
For those familiar with the story of Rodriguez, this engaging documentary on his substantial success in South Africa will prove both illuminating and bemusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 29, 2012
I was instantly hooked by this unique documentary...If you are a traveller on the road of life, don't miss this unforgettable treasure of a film
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2012
This is not only the best documentary I've seen this year, it's one that shows other documentaries how to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
September 21, 2012
Searching for Sugar Man reminds us that a wise man knows lasting riches are never the result of record sales.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 21, 2012
Searching for Sugar Man" is a saga about the power of music, living life on one's own terms and the joy of second chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 21, 2012
The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ken Marks
New Yorker
September 17, 2012
[A] moving, lyrical account ...
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 16, 2012
Two fans, Stephen Segerman and Craig Bertholomew, made it their business to find out exactly what happened to the singer Rodriguez. And, "Searching for Sugar Man" is the fruits of their labor. The fruit is tasting pretty sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 13, 2012
It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of "Searching for Sugar Man" will not soon slip away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 13, 2012
Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
You watch "Searching for Sugar Man" at first fascinated by the mystery - what happened to Rodriguez? Where did he go? Then you become infuriated by its revelations of financial injustice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2012
If you like music, a good mystery or, better yet, a combination of both, you won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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