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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 27, 2013
    90
    And then would come this generous, spirited documentary, to capture one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian McManus
    Jun 26, 2013
    90
    A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 27, 2013
    90
    Joy and redemption aren't exactly punk mantras, but A Band Called Death might just give your heart a thrashing.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    Like the recent "Searching for Sugar Man," A Band Called Death celebrates music born in Detroit that, with a turn of the wrist and a different roll of the dice, might've found the audience it deserved the first time.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The film springs to life in its second half, when the members’ grown kids, who are also working musicians, discover that their dads/uncles were in a forgotten, innovative band that the family had never once mentioned.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 25, 2013
    60
    Too much of the doc takes our taste for granted; Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins and others won’t persuade you that Death could have been huge, nor does a clichéd last-act reunion show. But the film’s alternating inquiry — into family love, slow compromise and, yes, death — resonates strongly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    7
    Unlike this review, the movie was a little long winded. The middle dragged. It didn't cover anything about the band's old live performance days. However, it was overall enjoyable and a must see for any old school punk rock kids from back in the day. Collapse

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