Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17

There are no positive critic reviews yet.

User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    9
    This is a very good movie portraying the birth of punk rock'n'roll. Are the music performances studio recordings? Yes, they are - so what?!This is a very good movie portraying the birth of punk rock'n'roll. Are the music performances studio recordings? Yes, they are - so what?! They show exactly what the bands sounded like when they debuted their singles.
    Actor performances are also above par, but above all, the movie told a story worth telling - and that is what I most value when watching a movie.
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  2. May 16, 2014
    0
    Oh my gosh! Just dreadful. CBGB is so bad it doesn't even deserve an OMG. It feels like it was made by a 12 year old that never left theOh my gosh! Just dreadful. CBGB is so bad it doesn't even deserve an OMG. It feels like it was made by a 12 year old that never left the suburbs during the 80s but dreamed about going to NYC and CBGBs. One after another some look alike actor comes out and lipsyncs a song. Then it ends. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    9
    I was entertained from start to finish by this high energy movie. The birth of punk music provides the backdrop for the story of HillyI was entertained from start to finish by this high energy movie. The birth of punk music provides the backdrop for the story of Hilly Kristal who has a vision for a club where musicians play original music. He starts out a ne'er do well and never really loses his messy, gritty persona while building CBGB. Alan Rickman is outstanding as are many of the familiar faces, and the unknown actors playing the rockers are spot on. Full Review »