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Thunder Soul Reviews

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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
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 19, 2011
It traffics in broad feeling and fluff, but despite the familiarity of its themes, manages to not turn cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
September 21, 2011
Serves as a rousing testament to the singular blessings of music education, since there's nothing inherent or automatic about kids learning how to groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2011
An uplifting and entertaining film...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 8, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 7, 2011
All of the agreeable ingredients are there, but director Mark Landsman doesn't coast on the built-in feel-good factor.
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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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 21, 2011
Thunder Soul has real filmmaking, real history and real pleasure in it...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2011
A genuinely moving and powerful doc about one of the great funk bands ever, that just happened to be a high school band.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
October 14, 2011
They don't make 'em like Prof anymore!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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+
Jennifer Merin
About.com
September 18, 2011
Moving and joyful, an authentic pleaser for crowds of all ages, inspiring for people in all seasons of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 3, 2011
Uplifting docu spotlights legendary high school jazz band.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
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
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
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-
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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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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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