Searching for Sugar Man

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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Critic Reviews

  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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 68 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 »