Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    100
    It Might Get Loud offers a thrilling personal tour of three exceptional electric guitarists' careers that's equally appealing to musicians and rock enthusiasts alike.
  2. 100
    You'll never see a more tactile expression of the intimacy between artists and their instruments than in Davis Guggenheim's elating It Might Get Loud.
  3. A marvelous rock doc that manages to be wistful, tasty, and jam-kicking at the same time.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    100
    Musically and visually sumptuous.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    90
    It's Page, a joyful instructor and natural storyteller, who steals the spotlight (Robert who? More, please.) Only real complaint: The movie's not loud enough. They should have turned that f***er up to 11.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    90
    In nearly every moment, an incredibly rich mix of their music, groundbreaking, defining, which alone would almost be enough. That It Might Get Loud comes with a righteous story too is a lovely bonus.
  7. 88
    Does this sound like rock heaven? It is.
  8. Davis Guggenheim, the St. Louis director who won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," mines less controversial material this time around.
  9. Each man has his own distinctive style, and yet when they jam together it sounds like the most natural thing in the world.
  10. 80
    For rock geeks of any age or taste, the lore in this documentary will be catnip.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    75
    The moments when the guitarists teach the others their best-known riffs are fascinating.
  12. 75
    The best parts of It Might Get Loud, though, occur when Guggenheim visits with the musicians one on one.
  13. With varying degrees of success, the filmmaker gets each musician to talk about the personal and musical roots that blossomed into his technique.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It's a pleasure to watch these men perform. These are real-life guitar heroes. But it would have been a treat to see more of them talking shop.
  15. Brilliant in its simplicity, as he turns the floor over to the three masters with this simple instruction: The guitar. Discuss.
  16. 70
    White and The Edge appear guarded, and perhaps a bit intimidated, by Page’s Yoda-like status.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    One needn't have a Stratocaster moldering in the closet at home to get a kick out of It Might Get Loud.
  18. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    67
    Feels like an iffy concept album with some great singles.
  19. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    67
    The resulting jam session ought to be a music geek’s wet dream, but there isn’t enough common ground to produce more than a few flashes of inspiration.
  20. 63
    For rock fans, hearing many Led Zeppelin and U2 classics on a theater sound system is worth the price of a ticket.
  21. 63
    As documentary, it’s low concept. But it’s never dull.
  22. Few of the parts harmonize ­properly, leaving us with provocative fragments rather than an electrifying whole.
  23. Why isn’t the film better? Guggenheim doesn’t seem to have prodded his subjects in any interesting directions.
  24. The trouble is, once you get past the historical information and chummy interviews, you have to put up with the inevitable risk of any ad-hoc jam session: It Might Get Boring.
  25. 50
    The strain to pull all this together becomes more evident as the movie progresses, and the three-way musical finale, a rickety acoustic run-through of “The Weight,” hardly lives up to the stars’ reputations.
  26. 40
    The film's very title is a tease, however: It never gets all that loud, and you might doze off after 30 minutes of watching this unwieldy power trio recount their formative years and visit old haunts before heading on to a soundstage for their minimum rock & roll "summit."
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Oct 3, 2013
    0
    The SanFrancisco critic review is right on the money. This film is an abject failure and colossal waste of time. As nothing happens when theThe SanFrancisco critic review is right on the money. This film is an abject failure and colossal waste of time. As nothing happens when the disparate group of guitarists meet, the film is then turned into a by the numbers brief doco on why each member got into music. The result is really dull because there is no unifying theme to the disparate acts. It fails as a love ode to the guitar also and is really an example of a very weak vague idea executed poorly.
    Ultimately, a super boring turgid experience.
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  2. Sep 19, 2010
    10
    This doc shows clearly what electric guitar is about with 3 of the best guitarists ever, telling about their stories too. You have The Edge,This doc shows clearly what electric guitar is about with 3 of the best guitarists ever, telling about their stories too. You have The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White in a exceptional doc, what else do you need? Full Review »
  3. EricA
    Nov 19, 2009
    10
    If your a Zeppelin fan you know Pagerarely opens up like that!