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Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 75
    While most band documentaries wade through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, this one has no sex, no drugs, and the kind of rock 'n' roll that reminds one of their fans of "something I'd hear at a dorm party."
  2. These guys are very normal off stage, making them easy to like and not very exciting to watch.
  3. There's a real joy to this film, a love of the music and an appreciation of the band's eccentric humor.
  4. Makes for a playfully enthralling hour and a half.
  5. There's something oddly endearing about the Barenaked Ladies. And by the end of the movie, you begin to see just what it is that inspires such intense fan loyalty.
  6. 60
    Includes extensive performance footage but never drags, and it isn't exposé or self-mockery.
  7. The film has no form or function; at best, it's a 90-minute infomercial.
  8. 50
    At their trenchant, tuneful best, the Barenaked Ladies take flip comic spins on serious subjects (alcoholism, heartbreak). But offstage, they have nothing of substance to reveal.
  9. 50
    A pleasant if overlong road show starring five witty, sweet, humble guys.
  10. May not be dispassionate filmmaking, but it is certainly entertaining.
  11. 75
    A welcome respite from the high-volume ugliness of rock extravaganza.
  12. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    50
    This is a band that deserves better.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    A reasonably entertaining way to kill an hour and a half.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Moon
    63
    Provide more than you ever wanted to know about the reigning kings of geekpop, but he (Priestly) does so without giving you much reason to care.
  15. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    63
    Insights run more along the lines of which ''Sesame Street'' character each of them identifies with.
  16. Reviewed by: J. D. Considine
    50
    On the plus side, there's plenty of dry Canadian wit, a handful of songs and only occasional bits of nudity.
  17. Reviewed by: Steve Hochman
    60
    Priestley doesn't exploit the dramatic devices that fell into his lap.
  18. Reviewed by: Brendan Kelly
    40
    An only occasionally interesting look at a rather ordinary bunch of musicians.
  19. Reviewed by: Nicole Arthur
    30
    Its scope isn't broad enough to draw in the uninitiated.
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Mikulan
    20
    Surprisingly few insights from the quintet, and after 90 minutes we're more familiar with the furniture of their rooms.

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