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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Difficult to watch, and the film is sabotaged by an impossibly naive lead character and the repetitive auditions that become gratuitously depressing. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The joke is that the salesmen believe they're actually trying to discover talent and - like the people they're encouraging - are victims. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The result is a beguiling and often poignant pageant of outsider musicians, but the broken heart of this extraordinary film comes directly from Zobel's own personal experience. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Great World of Sound, a Sundance hit, is Zobel’s first film, a confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The laughs flow, but Zobel isn't content to rely solely on them. To his credit, he allows Martin and Clarence - and the film - to develop consciences. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A terrific, small, funny, sad movie. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Once the story moves up north to Indianapolis, things become pat and predictable. But for its first 80 minutes, Great World of Sound hits all the right notes. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Morally ambiguous, subtly crafted, resolutely free of cliché and made with almost no money, The Great World of Sound is under-the-radar independent filmmaking in the Jarmusch-Cassavetes mode, both noble and ruthless in spirit. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    A fitting 21st-century addition to the genre. The film's meager plotting and casual melancholy peg it as a modest indie, but these ingredients dovetail nicely with Zobel's bigger theme about the futility of the modern world. show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    Enthusiastically received at Sundance, "Great World" is an intriguing look at our obsession with being successful and famous. show more

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