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Searching for Sugar Man Reviews

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July 26, 2012
Certain details about Rodriguez, especially his personal life, remain in shadow, calling into question whether they would have interfered with the inspirational narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
August 16, 2012
The man and his music are worth checking out, even if the movie is not.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 20, 2012
While all the interview subjects are enthusiastic, the overall lack of familiarity with Rodriquez's personal background and career collapse begin to drag.
April 28, 2012
Despite crafting a consistently engaging film, the director doesn't present the full scope of Sixto Rodriguez's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2015
So lightweight and underdeveloped, you leave the theatre feeling like they still haven't found him yet.
July 24, 2012
A diverting but frustrating quasiprofile, one that doesn't have the answers to its own questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 26, 2018
Director Malik Bendjelloul attempts clear the air and really analyze the thoughts and emotions that formed Sixto Rodriguez's past work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
April 8, 2017
An emotional fairy tale that doesn't fall into the melodramatic. [Full review in Spanish]
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
July 27, 2012
Imagine the story of Nick Drake with a happy ending and you will have some idea what to expect from this terrific, staggeringly unlikely documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
September 17, 2012
[A] moving, lyrical account ...
October 1, 2012
Much credit to director Malik Bendjelloul for surprising this cynical and desensitised film watcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 9, 2012
Here's the rare music documentary in which the narrative is more interesting than the songs.
July 23, 2012
A remarkable tribute to uncompromising talent and fiercely devoted fandom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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