Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 10, 2012
    88
    Powered by Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 12, 2012
    91
    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 10, 2012
    90
    The film skillfully interweaves several strands to tell a true story with a happy ending.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 10, 2012
    80
    Director Joe Berlinger mixes archival footage, concert scenes, interviews and present-day reunions to meld a harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 8, 2012
    80
    A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 8, 2012
    60
    Time and changing tides have been kind to Graceland (and to the local musicians who've since become internationally renowned), but an on-camera meeting between the songwriter and ANC leader Oliver Tambo finds their conflict between creative freedom and revolutionary solidarity fascinatingly unresolved.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    May 8, 2012
    70
    Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician documentaries.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    May 8, 2012
    75
    It does lightly suggest scintillating questions about the responsibility artists have in reflecting current political moments in their music.

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