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  • Summary: Sam Jones documents a turbulent chapter in the history of alt-country turned experimental rock band Wilco. The film shows the conflict that arises when the band creates an artistic and challenging record while signed to a record company in the midst of a giant corporate takeover. (Cowboy Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 90
    A superb portrait of a band and an industry in flux.
  2. 88
    This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant.
  3. 80
    It testifies to art's vitality and endurance, despite its marketers' -- and sometimes even its makers' -- efforts to the contrary.
  4. 70
    In 30 years’ time it might seem as incisive a document of its time as, say, “Don’t Look Back” or “Gimme Shelter.” As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man’s art, it’s priceless.
  5. 63
    The concert footage is stirring, the recording sessions are intriguing, and -- on the way to striking a blow for artistic integrity -- this quality band may pick up new admirers.
  6. 50
    A slightly dull film by photographer Sam Jones.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May leave itself open to charges of being little more than a promo feature posing as a documentary, but pic nevertheless is a warts-and-all look at a group of musicians -- and the music biz -- likely to make most record label flacks flinch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4