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July 12, 2016
Fantastic documentary after seeing him live. Almost surreal that things like this happen.
June 25, 2016
This is a very well edited, well shot, super well researched documentary about something or maybe someone that you didn't know you cared about yet. Superb.
June 24, 2016
A well constructed documentary that shows a low unknown muisician and how he unknowingly revolutionized the world. The soundtrack is the documentary's strongest feature, causing the viewer to fall in love with the musician in question.
April 23, 2016
liked this movie a lot, but apparently it's not the whole truth and the guy was pretty famous in different parts of the world.
April 16, 2016
Absolutely amazing surreal but real story. Baffled. Go watch it ! ;-)
February 29, 2016
Searching for Sugar Man is a well-made and absolutely fascinating documentary, considering its rather obscure subject. Without going too in depth about the film's subject matter in order to preserve the mystery it presents, this documentary is a surprisingly engaging, and often emotionally resonating film that presents a very impactful theme by the time it concludes. Director Malik Bendjelloul crafts a beautiful story using minimalist style, including some impressive animated sequences, that really adds to the film. Bendjelloul even had to resort to filming using a smart phone app after running low on his budget during production, but it never shows. Searching for Sugar Man is a must-see for any music fan, and most definitely deserves its Best Documentary Feature Oscar.
½ February 28, 2016
Made me a fan of Rodriguez after watching this. Awesome soundtrack.
½ February 24, 2016
a talented but unrecognised son of Detroit, unaware of his status in South Africa.... beautiful story
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½ February 14, 2016
A surprising and extremely moving documentary that begins as a fascinating mystery and then grows to become a revealing true story about a star who never was but who ironically became a major idol in South Africa - influencing a whole generation without even knowing about it.
January 29, 2016
Very touching story about a musician that was not engulfed in fame. He took it in pride. Very honest and entertaining.
½ January 27, 2016
Really hooked me. I know there's been some debate about the film's authenticity, etc. but, even so, a compelling doc.
½ December 15, 2015
Sometimes real life can be astounding
November 19, 2015
Finally got around to watching this amazing documentary. Special thanks to cousin Vangie Johnson for telling me about this. What a story.
November 13, 2015
One of the best documentaries I've seen on a musician, I've fallen in love with the music and would recommend this movie to anyone who loves the underdog.
½ November 3, 2015
Bought the soundtrack :)
½ September 20, 2015
Finally watched Searching for Sugar Man, and I really can't believe I waited so long. As in most Docs, there's more to this story than what's in the movie, but what is here is an amazing look into a true musical talent. Best part - it's on Netflix.
½ September 20, 2015
It's not often that you can describe a music documentary as deeply moving, but this would be one of those times. Captures the enigma that was Rodriguez, the stark contrast between his popularity at home, where he was basically unknown, and in South Africa, where he was idolised. Most importantly, it captures Rodriguez's re-emergence into the musical spotlight.

On the down side, the "searching" can feel a bit contrived and over-dramatized at times. That would be the only negative.

As expected, the music is superb. Interviews are well-conducted and the interviewees generally always have something positive to add to the story. Good editing.

A must-see for any Rodriguez fan, or for anyone who is into good/serious music.
½ September 4, 2015
An extraordinary story in the 'Stranger than Fiction' category, this is a wonderful, inspiring and unbelievable film. Watch it - whether you are searching for Sugar Man or not, you will be glad you found him.
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