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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 60
    New York Daily News

    The movie reveals plenty about the budding relationship between Matt and Tom. In the end, the film offers a portrait of fraternal commitment that’s both strange and sweet. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Less a rock-doc than a surprisingly affecting look at sibling dynamics in a creative family where one brother is vastly more successful than the other. show more

  • 88
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Not since “American Movie” has there been such an entertainingly clumsy, warts-and-all documentary about making a movie, this time courtesy of Cincinnati filmmaker Tom Berninger. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Berninger is hero and villain of this comic essay in ineptitude masquerading as a rock band on tour doc. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna

    Mistaken for Strangers was a group effort. And also an act of love. show more

  • 50
    Kenji Fujishima Slant Magazine

    Adds up little more than an anguished man using the hook of following his famous brother in order to gaze, however critically, at his reflection for 75 minutes. show more

  • 80

    It could easily have been a workaday music doc, but amid all the gigs, pit stops and sound checks emerges a funny and wry story of brothers at work. show more

  • 70
    Keith Phipps The Dissolve

    Mistaken For Strangers, which covers Tom’s time with the band and his subsequent attempts to piece together a movie about that time, is a sweet, funny, and sad film, but also an exceedingly odd one. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The brotherly-love epiphany to which the film builds does effectively pluck the heartstrings, but there’s a lingering sense that we’re being had. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The finest rock doc since "Anvil: The Story of Anvil." Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National, is a 40ish indie-rock star who carries himself like a hip lawyer. show more

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