Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    The most powerful documentary I've seen all year, and one of the two or three best films ever made about an artist or musician.
  2. 91
    That rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject.
  3. 90
    The film is much more than a biography of the Clash’s guitarist and lead singer: It’s history, criticism, philosophy and politics, played fast and loud.
  4. 90
    By focusing on Strummer and giving a fair amount of screen time to his years in the wilderness before and after the Clash, Temple arrives at a more poignant and mature statement of what this committed band was all about.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    Julian Temple, the British music-documentary director who helmed the 2000 Pistols' flick "The Filth and the Fury," has done such cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor, who died of a congenital heart defect in 2002.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The triumph of this fond, uncontainable documentary is that it lets you hear that voice again loud and clear.
  7. Captures the Joe Strummer who, in the late 1970s, just about firebombed the rock establishment with his fury.
  8. 83
    Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AndrewF.
    Apr 4, 2008
    I'm surprised to see the positive reviews. I felt the film was a sprawling mess that didn't engage. By the end, I was tired of all the nameless faces, poor sound mixing, and the endless montage. My friend who adores Strummer felt he didn't learn anything that any fan would already know. Myself, who knows nothing of Strummer, felt drowned in a sea of confusion. We both felt bored. Full Review »
  2. NikkiIkki
    Dec 13, 2007
    Wonderful! Just Wonderful!
  3. keithB.
    Dec 7, 2007
    I had high expectations from the maker of the Filth and the Fury, a real masterpiece. Julien Temple follows up with another excellent doc but at one point I started to think something's not quite right. Ok, the campfire testimonials was pretty bad. But more than that it was the relentlessness of the pacing that didn't work: kind of like watching a train go by, the cars one after another after another. Sorry Julien, I nodded off at one point. Full Review »