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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    As a film, the result is static, like Ang Lee’s similarly muddled “Taking Woodstock.” show more

  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic. show more

  • 37

    The absolute antithesis to the pioneering punk spirit it tries to portray. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Rickman is too theatrical, and too British, to vanish entirely into the person of Hilly Kristal. But he's entertaining to watch, and ultimately one of the more persuasive actors in a movie that suffers from as many odd casting decisions as Lee Daniels' The Butler. show more

  • 25
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The most distressing bad choice in CBGB, a movie entirely composed from them, is that those brilliant songs are repurposed studio recordings. show more

  • 25
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    As the film moves from one musical performance to another, the result increasingly feels like a series of celebrity impersonations set to a best-of-punk compilation album. show more

  • 25

    CBGB ain't no party, it ain't no disco, it ain't no foolin' around. It also isn't authentic for a second, and it provides zero insight into the birth of the New York City punk scene in the 1970s. show more

  • 50
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    You can’t help feeling as if Miller has missed an opportunity. Punk rock was all about manic energy, unbridled (and often unfocused) passion. CBGB plays more like a folk tale. show more

  • 30
    Keith Phipps The Dissolve

    No doubt a decent movie could have been made about the behind-the-scenes life of CBGB, but CBGB isn’t it. It’s as flip about the club as it is about Kristal, the music, and the time and place that shaped it all. show more

  • 20
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    The film strives to cinematically reanimate that shabby underground lair; instead, it proves to be the most bastardized souvenir bauble of all. show more

  • October 13, 2013 ye00000000167568
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    A tedious film that makes an exciting subject look dull.

  • October 09, 2013 JIMI LA LUMIA
    Report This User

    so great to see Wayne County, the first to play \"CBGB\" in Dec. 1973, personified (too short an appearance) on screen...and Wayne County\'s \"Out Of Control\" included in the must have soundtrack CD..

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