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The Punk Singer Reviews

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December 6, 2013
If 'riot grrl' founder Kathleen Hanna weren't married to Beastie Boy Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz, I doubt a fawning, unobjective documentary like 'The Punk Singer' would even exist.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 26, 2013
The film may be another unimaginative fan letter, but at least Kathleen Hannah is worthy of such devotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2013
The contradiction between status-quo film style and punk-rock subject never comes close to being resolved, but then Hanna herself is a bundle of contradictions.
November 28, 2013
Ms. Hanna and her message of empowerment are disappointingly translated very nearly into a cult of personality in this film's idolizing portrayal.
December 12, 2013
Limited assessment, unbridled voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2013
A more fawning than illuminating documentary about the Bikini Kill and riot grrrl movement co-founder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2016
A provocative story about resilience, the feminist movement, and how far we still have to go.
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.
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-
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
May 30, 2014
This blast from the past is strangely timely.
Top Critic
November 28, 2013
A little more distance could have been beneficial, but The Punk Singer is enlightening regardless.
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
March 19, 2014
Leaves you wishing there were more musicians of any sex who embrace rock's potency for smashing cultural boundaries with such power and personality as this one did in her fearless prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2013
THE PUNK SINGER is unnegotiated truth, a frank and exhilarating portrayal of a legend.
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
November 28, 2013
Fascinatingly traces the evolution of a woman who once sang, "I'm your worst nightmare come to life" in her youth, was hated at a formative age for all the wrong reasons and now has forged a quiet but committed existence as an ailing revolutionary.
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
December 5, 2013
"The Punk Singer" is a revealing look at Hanna's life, who throughout the film is willing to speak out about her struggles and triumphs in an open and honest way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2014
The Punk Singer takes us back to the era when manifestos were spread in underground fanzines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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