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Sound City Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2014
In Sound City, a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly
December 16, 2013
Dave Grohl's terrific new doc, Sound City, profiles the studio where some of the greatest music of the past four decades was born.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Charles Cross
Seattle Times
February 21, 2013
A joyous ode to a lost era of music making that will delight music buffs and those who appreciate a well-done documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 7, 2013
A cocky, affectionate and very musical documentary that may make its central point a few times too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 2, 2013
In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 1, 2013
Even if you don't know what [Grohl's] talking about when he says a room gives "great decay," or when somebody else extols "24-track sensibility," the passion of this project really pops right out of the groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2013
If it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2013
High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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January 31, 2013
A celebration of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living - not to mention being so successful at it that you can get your childhood heroes to come over and jam.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 31, 2013
Grohl's aim is to explore the aura of a place, but what he winds up proving is that people make the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 31, 2013
I didn't jump out of my chair and pump my fist till 24 minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
January 31, 2013
Dave Grohl remains unflappable as a first-time director in his entertaining and informative documentary Sound City, a loving tribute to a defunct Van Nuys recording studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 30, 2013
Mr. Grohl has put a lot of affection into this film, and it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
January 29, 2013
Grohl treats us to just more than an hour celebrating the history of Sound City, the Van Nuys dump where a clutch of rock's great records were bashed out-but the movie's 107 minutes long.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 29, 2013
The first-time director smartly sees Sound City as a surrogate for the overall industry at any given point in the past four decades, and he varies the tone of the interviews from fondly-regarded serendipity to deep-seated regret.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 29, 2013
The beautiful thing here is the way Sound City enlivens some fairly snobby ideas about the glories of analog tape without resorting to mere mansplaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2013
An exhilarating history of the studio that spawned countless rock classics, not to mention a welcome reminder to aspiring musicians to step away from the laptop once in a while.