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20 Feet from Stardom


Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material.

PG-13 In Theaters 06/14/2013 , 89min.
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Critic score based on 23 reviews

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August 24, 2013
I left the theatre feeling better about myself. This movie was so moving. It's a finger snapping, ear to ear grinning, joyful walk through the soul of american music. Sometimes rejoicing, always engrossing and ever triumphant. One of the BEST movie experiences ever!
July 13, 2013
This is an outstanding documentary. If you have any interest in music from the late 60's, you will love this movie.
July 11, 2013
A powerful reminder of who you know and where you are at a given time that can determine your rise to the top, not necessarily how good you are.
July 04, 2013
This is an extraordinary movie about some extraordinary women. Hearing the music with their perspective is a revelation!! I would give it a ten, but the scale only goes up to five.
June 30, 2013
Boring documentary - about 1 hour longer than needed. Maybe singers would enjoy.

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The Hollywood Reporter
Neville unearths a treasure trove of archival TV, concert and film footage featuring many of these vocalists in their heyday, balancing the material with perfectly-lit contemporary studio interviews and performances shot in pristine digital cinematography, supplemented by more informal scenes depicting the frequent challenges of these musicians' careers. Full Review
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
20 Feet From Stardom is frequently sad and frustrating. But while there’s heartbreak aplenty, the film doesn’t function as a pitying paean to unmined talent — it’s ultimately a celebration of the unsung. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Audiences meet the most memorable voices in the world of backup singers. They perform with world-famous musical acts, but theirs are not household names. Their stories, however, are inspiring, heartbreaking and enthralling. Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)
You gasp at the ecstatic convergence of lung power and spirit. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
The sisterhood who have made this an art form mostly remain unsung heroes, as it were, of the hit parade. Their collective bow is long overdue. Full Review

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