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The Punk Singer Reviews

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August 9, 2017
The Punk Singer is so much more than just a music doc. It is absolutely essential viewing for anyone interested in learning about the feminist pioneers who dared to stand up for themselves.
June 9, 2017
It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it's also just a damn good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 26, 2017
This essential rock doc underscores how Bikini Kill gave voice to a group that had previously been ignored, particularly by male-dominated punk.
October 7, 2016
A provocative story about resilience, the feminist movement, and how far we still have to go.
June 21, 2016
Both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment - as the best rock documentaries are.
June 21, 2016
The Punk Singer is as much a document of Kathleen Hanna's career as it is a public explanation for the truth behind her early retirement.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 18, 2014
The Punk Singer works ... as an eye-witness account of an important movement in feminist art; it's a film as vibrant and as vital as [Hanna's] music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 6, 2014
This hagiographic ode to the quintessential 90s riot grrrl is by no means definitive, but there's a welcome rallying cry to all wannabe revolutionary rockers hidden within the bio-doc blather.
June 2, 2014
...perhaps there is an inherent contradiction in attempting to capture a democratizing movement through an individual figure, as rocktastic and badass as that figure might be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2014
This blast from the past is strangely timely.
May 29, 2014
Anderson's film -- a scrappy, exuberant battler like its subject -- shows how Hanna has transmuted a hunger borne of body-image pressure into a hunger to change the world.
May 29, 2014
With energy and insight, this documentary races through the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 1990s, feminist punk artist Kathleen Hanna.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 26, 2014
[A] terrifically watchable and impressively empowering documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2014
Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill, comes across as an inspirational figure in Sini Anderson's rousing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2014
A fantastic introduction to original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and her groundbreaking work in music, feminism, and all-around kickass awesomeness.
May 23, 2014
[An] affectionate, bordering on hagiographic, film.
May 22, 2014
She's a real role model, and her mysterious withdrawal in 2005 - explained as due to undiagnosed Lyme disease - left a vacuum that's still conspicuously unfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2014
A rousing celebration of the creative and political life of outspoken Riot grrrl icon, Kathleen Hanna.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 22, 2014
Initially held together by grainy VHS footage and cuttings from old fanzines, the film is gifted with a protagonist of endless brio and a cultural backdrop just distant enough to feel forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2014
The Punk Singer is the sort of film that makes you want to shriek with a hectic muddle of rage, adoration and passion! A must-see piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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