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Thunder Soul Reviews

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Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 16, 2011
...the unstoppable power of the music is an undeniable, stone groove
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kam Williams
October 14, 2011
They don't make 'em like Prof anymore!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 7, 2011
There's a purity -- sense of righteousness and reunion and optimism -- that makes Thunder Soul galvanizing. Also, the music is smoking hot, which is pretty amazing, considering it comes from a high school band. And a bunch of oldsters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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William Goss
October 7, 2011
All of the agreeable ingredients are there, but director Mark Landsman doesn't coast on the built-in feel-good factor.
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John DeFore
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
Arguably, the current generation of funk and soul revivalists owes a debt to musicians who forged their astonishing sound in between Algebra study sessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, "Thunder Soul" gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this post-civil-rights generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2011
A precious scrap of American history.
Matt Pais
October 6, 2011
Radiates warmth and energy from fun, kind people sharing love for each other and playing music together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 3, 2011
Uplifting docu spotlights legendary high school jazz band.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 30, 2011
Thunder Soul tells the story of the Kashmere Stage Band, and before the film is through, this high school band you've never heard of will have earned a top spot on your personal hit parade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 29, 2011
Thunder Soul represents a feast for the senses, a soulful celebration of the black musical renaissance of the late '60s and '70s, but the filmmakers don't seem particularly interested in peering beneath the dazzling surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
September 29, 2011
Not without its problems, but overall a compelling snapshot of how and why good teachers matter, as well as a case for the value of the continued study of the arts in high school curricula.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2011
A film flooded with memories and declarations of respect, laughs and tears, and plenty of funk to keep toes tapping along as director Mark Landsman investigates how one man's authority carried from high school to the modern day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2011
An uplifting and entertaining film...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 23, 2011
Warmly uplifting documentary about an inspiring teacher and the funky, funky music he made with generations of happy kids.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 23, 2011
Thunder Soul is touching, charming and easy to love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
You may never have heard of the Kashmere Stage Band, but by the end of "Thunder Soul" you will wonder why.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
September 22, 2011
In an era when arts education is frequently on the chopping block, Thunder Soul reminds us of the impact that great music can have on both the listener and the performer.
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
September 22, 2011
A touching tribute to a teacher who managed to inspire his students not only to do good work but to live good lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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