Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 26, 2012
    60
    This movie might itself make a modest contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 24, 2012
    60
    So why is this songwriter, so articulate on vinyl, so vague and spacey in current-day interviews? Something happened here, deeper than an aborted quest for fame, and the documentary hasn't gotten to it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Jun 26, 2012
    60
    Like "Anvil," this is a crowd-pleasing triumph of the spirit, framed around a story so bizarre it sounds like an urban legend.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 26, 2012
    50
    While all the interview subjects are enthusiastic, the overall lack of familiarity with Rodriquez's personal background and career collapse begin to drag.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    Love this documentary! I'd never heard of Rodriguez and was completely engrossed. A really fascinating story from beginning to end. Do notLove this documentary! I'd never heard of Rodriguez and was completely engrossed. A really fascinating story from beginning to end. Do not miss this one. Full Review »
  2. Jul 29, 2012
    9
    Do not read another word about this film; just go and see it now. You will not be disappointed. What an incredible and moving story. I lovedDo not read another word about this film; just go and see it now. You will not be disappointed. What an incredible and moving story. I loved every second. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2015
    10
    I'm not huge into documentaries but it's always a pleasant surprise when you run into such a work of art as "Searching for Sugar Man." Slow toI'm not huge into documentaries but it's always a pleasant surprise when you run into such a work of art as "Searching for Sugar Man." Slow to start but beautiful story and thrilling ending. Highly recommend! Full Review »