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30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 10, 2013
    70
    CBGB has more of the original prankish punk spirit than it even recognizes.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    5
    A TRIBUTE TO THE GODFATHER OF PUNK ROCK

    Movie review and some thoughts about Punk music I have been looking forward to this movie for a
    A TRIBUTE TO THE GODFATHER OF PUNK ROCK

    Movie review and some thoughts about Punk music

    I have been looking forward to this movie for a really long time .One reason for this was that i am a music addict and another reason was that i am a big follower of actor Rupert Grint ( Ron Weasley from Harry Potter ) who is struggling to carve a place of his own in the film industry.The American movie CBGB released in 2013 failed to produce any impact on Box Office.

    The film discusses about a man named 'Hilly Kristal ' nick named as " Godfather of Punk Music " who spent his lifetime helping the uplifting of so called " Street Music " and promoting new bands featuring the music of this genre.

    This is not a cult movie as the responses of critics were bad. This film isn't perfect even when we consider it under Musical Genre .Neither this film discusses about the uplifting of any particular musical genre nor it does discusses the transformation of Underground or Garage Rock into punk rock and there by into different genres including Alternative Rock and hard core rock.It just shows the life of a music devotee who owned a club called " CBGB , OMFUG " for promoting punk rock and amateur bands coming up with punk music.CBGB stands for " Country Bluegrass and Blues " and OMFUG stands for " Other Music For Uplifting of Gormandizers " .This guy gave stages to around 50,000 bands.Hilly Kristal had already undergone two bankruptcies before owning this music club.Many bands rose to fame after their debut performance at the club CBGB and that included bands like " Talking Heads " , " Blondie ", " Pattie Smith's group " and " Ramones " . It is not Hilly who invented punk rock but he had given a platform for many punk rock bands to develop.Thus ' Hilly Kristal ' is being ironically called as " Godfather of punk rock ".

    Punk Rock had its origin along with Punk subculture at countries like United States , England and Australia which can be dated back to 1970's.As this culture hasn't touched any Asian countries it still looks strange to Asians.Punk music basically focused on DIY ethics ( Do It Yourself ). These punk bands never had signed any record labels with only a few exceptions .Production and promotion were all done by the band members themselves.Punk artists promoted nihilistic attitudes and their lyrics were against establishments.They supported open sexual thoughts.Freedom of thoughts and expression were their mottoes.Punk costumes include body piercings , spiky dyed hair and leather jackets with metal studs.Voices were raised against punks for promoting some lewd gestures and for making lyrics containing profanity.

    Two waves of punk rock movement were over by the end of 80's.Towards the end of the 20th century, " Grunge rock " had its origins from the foundations of punk rock and the band ' Nirvana ' are still considered pioneers of that genre.Then came " Pop Punk " which gave this genre an appreciation on the mainstream level.Thanks to the bands like " Green Day " and " Blink - 182 " who had played vital roles in this. Now there are many " Alternative Rock " bands too.

    Not very late punk may take its rebirth in its raw form as the American and European countries are having the same political conditions as it was in 70's.The arresting of members of a female punk band called " **** Riots " in Russia around 3 years back for raising their voice against their president ' Vladimir Putin ' is an example of youths being pushed forward for such a movement.These members were charged with the offense of hooliganism.The fact that that these band members are just " Poseurs " and not real punks is still a question under debate.The question is whether other countries like countries of Asia could be a part of such movements.

    This film isn't a recommended one for movie lovers, but music lovers especially supporters of punk music could give this a try at least as a tribute to ' Hilly Kristal '.

    http://anoopjoseph90.blogspot.in/2015/05/cbgb-2013-tribute-to-godfather-of-punk.html
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  2. 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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  3. 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 »