Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Louis R. Carlozo
    88
    As Nirvana's Kurt Cobain acknowledges in the opening quote, without the Pixies there would be no "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
  2. 83
    It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    The film doesn't dwell on bad feelings, and anyone looking for lurid details won't find them. But fans will love the live footage of this still-powerful band ripping through a virtual greatest-hits set.
  4. 75
    The documentary dashes any lingering hope that Pixies would ever record a new album, even though it makes no definitive statement to that effect.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    70
    The Pixies are back together, the music is as unbelievable as ever and what more could you ask for?
  6. 70
    Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, the directors Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin achieve the opposite.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Picture is targeted at the already initiated, but directors Steve Cantor and Matthew Galkin deftly resolve one often glaring problem with tribute documentaries -- making those who might not care do so.
  8. 67
    Apparently fit and reasonably trim, Deal's honesty touches a nerve that the band's music only gnawed on back in the day.
  9. Reviewed by: Justin F. Farrar
    60
    The entire affair looks and feels like a reality television show minus the cheap drama.
  10. The concert footage, which is exceptionally well photographed and recorded, offers clips of varying lengths from a wealth of songs. The rest of the film glimpses the stress disorders that can develop when average people with problems become popular celebrities.
  11. Reviewed by: Will Crain
    50
    Fortunately, there are many concert sequences to keep the film from being more than one awkward silence after another, and onstage the Pixies still sound great. But watching the movie is not as much fun as listening to the old records.
  12. 50
    The famously passive-aggressive musicians manage to keep any real drama offscreen; the overriding impression is of four people enduring each other long enough to get their retirement portfolios in order.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Even a fan, however, might prefer the excellent, recently released concert DVD "Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston" to this tepid behind-the-scenes experience.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. NFrancisD
    Oct 5, 2009
    9
    I love the band to death but was a little disappointed with the beige treatment. If the film is an attempt to show how four quite average, I love the band to death but was a little disappointed with the beige treatment. If the film is an attempt to show how four quite average, normal people made a new kind of rock music then it is an outrageous success. But one gets the sense there was a lot of more interesting material left out, or that the producers did not have the full confidence of the band. As a result, they switched themselves on only when onstage. Full Review »
  2. DavidK
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    A Must-see for any Pixies fan. Thought provoking and insightful into the rock band experience.
  3. KenL.
    Nov 7, 2006
    10
    Even if you are not a Pixies fan, you will enjoy this film. The film is an interesting behind the scenes with one of the most influential Even if you are not a Pixies fan, you will enjoy this film. The film is an interesting behind the scenes with one of the most influential bands of our time. Full Review »