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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28

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  1. Jun 24, 2013
    9
    This fascinating documentary focuses on the singing careers of 4 or 5 fabulous African American backup singers. Most of them started in the 1960s and were backup singers on some of the most famous records of all time. In a couple of instances, they even sang the lead on some hits but the credit was given to other singers who did not sing on the record at all. These women are legendary within the music industry and certainly have the talent to be stars, but why haven't they? The documentary tries to answer this question by interviewing big named stars that have used these ladies on their own records over the years. The film features a lot of great music, and it makes you think about how many extremely talented people there are in the music industry and yet never become stars, and yet many of the pop stars of today can't sing at all and have to lip sync when they perform. Highly recommended. Expand
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83

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Mar 24, 2014
    80
    A crowdpleaser that also tells an important story about showbiz, it’s fab. You’ll come out singing.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 30, 2013
    80
    A crowd-pleaser, through and through.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Hoekstra
    Jul 16, 2013
    88
    From front to back stage, 20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the spirit of these giving artists as they navigated the rapid musical and social change of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.