Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David D’Arcy
    Jun 16, 2013
    The Secret Disco Revolution is the doc that disco deserves – rigorous, critical and entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Indu Chandrasekhar
    Jun 16, 2013
    Rather than simply charting the rise and fall of disco to a thumping soundtrack, the film presents an unexpected school of thought – that disco was actually a vehicle of liberation, a revolutionary tool used to end the oppression of women and black and gay people in 1970s America.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jun 28, 2013
    Disco scholars convincingly analyze lyrics and fashions as presenting bold expressions of sexuality and democratic hedonism, while Kastner doesn't skimp on the vintage clips, which range from unintentionally hilarious to surprisingly impressive.
  4. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Jun 27, 2013
    The Secret Disco Revolution, however limited, is one smart documentary. It’s so clever that it makes fun of itself.
  5. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jun 25, 2013
    The film isn't as smart on the issue of race as it needs to be, and its feminist read of the music and scene feels forced in places, but as an entry-level conversation starter, it gets the job done.
  6. Reviewed by: Dean Essner
    Jun 22, 2013
    Jamie Kastner bows fully to hedonism in lieu of all the scholarly theories on disco's lasting impact--a tidy but gutless way of tying together so many disparate arguments by such disparate people.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 27, 2013
    Some may still be surprised at this fun, well-informed chronicle of what was happening in the U.S. as lighted floors, boogie shoes and Saturday night fevers were the rage.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 28, 2013
    Its priceless clips from the disco era aside, The Secret Disco Revolution laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 27, 2013
    The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 25, 2013
    Kastner’s history is simplistic, his pacing is glacial and his film is laboriously constructed around a campy fictional trio of caricatured gay-black-girl “masterminds” planning the “revolution,” thumbing through a “manifesto” and sprinkling glitter ritualistically on a mirror ball.

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