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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most direct and personal music documentaries ever made. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Julian Temple, the British music-documentary director who helmed the 2000 Pistols' flick "The Filth and the Fury," has done such cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor, who died of a congenital heart defect in 2002. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The movie fascinates not so much because of Strummer, whose brooding temperament and flash-and-burn career arc seems pretty routine by rock standards, but because of the way Temple organized and edited the film. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The triumph of this fond, uncontainable documentary is that it lets you hear that voice again loud and clear. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Its moving narrative requires little in the way of embellishment, but Temple’s documentary sometimes becomes too clever for its own good. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Thirty years down the line, not everyone looks as they once did, so even fans will have trouble putting names to aged faces. Newcomers, meanwhile, will feel hopelessly shut out. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Like an early Clash number, it's by turns lovely and ugly, loud as bombs and quiet as a revolution's first-thrown stone; it acknowledges the legend while uncovering the truth. show more

  • 91
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    That rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject. show more

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