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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Like the recent "Searching for Sugar Man," A Band Called Death celebrates music born in Detroit that, with a turn of the wrist and a different roll of the dice, might've found the audience it deserved the first time. show more

  • 75
    Drew Hunt Slant Magazine

    The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style. show more

  • 63
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    In the end Death triumphs, but its allure and obsession remain a mystery. show more

  • 80
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    It’s a soul-stirring tribute to a man whose vision was too bold and revolutionary for his lifetime, or the convention-bound ways of the music industry, but was ultimately too powerful to be denied. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Too much of the doc takes our taste for granted; Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins and others won’t persuade you that Death could have been huge, nor does a clichéd last-act reunion show. But the film’s alternating inquiry — into family love, slow compromise and, yes, death — resonates strongly. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Although the film is never fully convincing about this rock band’s overlooked potential – despite testimonials from the likes of Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, and Elijah Wood – the story of Death sure adds an interesting and virtually unknown footnote to the annals of punk rock. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    A Band Called Death lacks the thrill of mystery but makes up for it with pathos. show more

  • 83
    Katie Walsh The Playlist

    This rock doc rewrites punk history while telling an emotional story about an artist’s spirit and his faithful family. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir

    And then would come this generous, spirited documentary, to capture one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced. show more

  • 90
    Village Voice

    A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted. show more

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