We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
July 6, 2010
One of the toughest forms of nostalgia is a yearning for times that were anything but peaceful.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 24, 2006
One of last year's finest documentaries, and one of the greatest rock movies I've ever seen.
Mark Athitakis
Filmcritic.com
August 19, 2006
a spirited tribute
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
December 6, 2005
We Jam Econo is a must for the trio's fans, although non-aficionados of the group's cacophonous music may be puzzled by all the on-screen accolades showered on the band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Smith
Film Journal International
October 27, 2005
Largely conventional documentary lovingly portrays the brief life of '80s California band The Minutemen.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 26, 2005
For people who are Minutemen fans and movie buffs, We Jam Econo is kind of a mixed blessing.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 1, 2005
This footage nicely captures the punky energy of the band's early performances, but the homemade approach doesn't work so well in contemporary footage with band member Mike Watt.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 26, 2005
Tim Irwin's entertaining documentary is packed with great, no-fi footage from the band's glory days.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 26, 2005
This is an insider's tour -- the uninitiated are, frankly, not likely to be converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ned Martel
New York Times
August 25, 2005
The spiky documentary in their honor keeps alive the echoes of their slapdash, Smithsonian-worthy sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mikael Wood
Village Voice
August 23, 2005
It's refreshing to see a doc in which the biggest boldfaced name is Flea, who gushes over Watt and Boon's reluctance to tune their instruments.
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
August 11, 2005
Even now, there's no group out there like The Minutemen.
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James Parker
Boston Globe
July 8, 2005
The filmmakers have assembled a remarkable cast of voices, including Henry Rollins, Flea, Ian MacKaye, Thurston Moore, Richard Hell, J Mascis, critic Richard Meltzer, and Watt's mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 3, 2005
The Minutemen were influential then and now, and We Jam Econo is a valentine to the band and D. Boon's memory. They're immortal now, and that's as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 3, 2005
Those who know the band only through its recorded work will be amazed to see it in action.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 3, 2005
No band epitomized smart punk rock more than the Minutemen, and no band's legacy better captures the sense of tragedy that underlies the history of punk.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Rodman
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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