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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
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 1, 2013
Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 20, 2013
| Original Score: B+
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
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AV Club
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B

Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Bullz-Eye.com
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
France24
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
About.com
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
Times-Picayune
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
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