The Sparks Brothers

2021, Music/Documentary, 2h 15m

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Their albums may be cult favorites, but this Edgar Wright-directed documentary offers an introduction to Sparks that has something for everyone. Read critic reviews

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How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Edgar Wright's debut documentary THE SPARKS BROTHERS, which features commentary from celebrity fans Flea, Beck, Jack Antonoff, Jason Schwartzman, Neil Gaiman, and more, takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band's favorite band.

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  • From bucket-of-water tomfoolery to visually inventive biography and witty musicology, this really does have something for the girl with everything.

    August 1, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Sparks Brothers film is smart, funny, infectiously weird, a little geeky, a little too long, a little niche, and consistently entertaining.

    July 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is too long and, although Wright hopes it will convert heathens, it's still probably one for the fans. The Maels, however, make enjoyably unpredictable hosts.

    July 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Less a documentary than an intensive course of art-pop hypnotherapy: even those who enter the cinema knowing next to nothing about the pair will leave feeling like lifelong enthusiasts.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wright presents an unabashed love letter to a band he clearly loves and does it with style, humour and great attention to detail.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wright's film has converted me. Sparks are the Gilbert and George of pop music.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • From bucket-of-water tomfoolery to visually inventive biography and witty musicology, this really does have something for the girl with everything.

    August 1, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Sparks Brothers film is smart, funny, infectiously weird, a little geeky, a little too long, a little niche, and consistently entertaining.

    July 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is too long and, although Wright hopes it will convert heathens, it's still probably one for the fans. The Maels, however, make enjoyably unpredictable hosts.

    July 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Less a documentary than an intensive course of art-pop hypnotherapy: even those who enter the cinema knowing next to nothing about the pair will leave feeling like lifelong enthusiasts.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a sugar rush of a documentary.

    August 2, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • An enjoyable if greatly overextended look at the pair of alpha Maels who formed one of the quirkiest rock and pop acts of the 1970s - and that's saying something, of the quirkiest of all musical decades.

    July 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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