The Story of Lovers Rock (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Story of Lovers Rock (2011)




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A documentary about the late '70s musical style developed in the U.K. that fused reggae with American soul to produce a new sound that ended up launching such well known acts as Maxi Priest and UB40.

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Critic Reviews for The Story of Lovers Rock

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Not all the interviewees are equally interesting, and an audience unfamiliar with the hits and stars may get antsy during some of the reminiscing. But Mr. Shabazz conveys a love of the music and its culture.

November 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Long on people speaking and comedic reminiscence, 'The Story of Lover's Rock' is short on sustained complete performance-examples.

March 16, 2012 | Full Review…
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Story of Lovers Rock, an unapologetically single-minded appeal for the legacy of this music, is amateurish but appealingly shaggy.

November 28, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

You can add The Story of Lovers Rock to the short list of must-see, politically-tinged documentaries which shed light on the cultural roots of a lesser-known musical genre, ala Calypso Dreams and Buena Vista Social Club.

November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's the music that matters, and that is put on the screen with real skill and affection.

September 30, 2011
London Evening Standard

There's a lot of misty-eyed nostalgia in this tribute to the forgotten 70s subgenre of 'lover's rock', but sadly not much archive footage.

September 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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