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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The hits just keep on coming in Muscle Shoals, a hugely entertaining, perhaps overlong, documentary about the renowned recording studios in the small Alabama town of the film's title. It's mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and rhythm and blues of the 1960s and '70s. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Muscle Shoals isn't perfect. Neither Bono nor Alicia Keyes has any business being in the movie, though Bono does wax poetic about the genius of the music recorded there, and Keyes teams with the Swampers for a strong performance of Dylan's "Pressing On." show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A trove of great stills and movie footage accompanies the colorful anecdotes, but the film's most consistent pleasure is the way interviewees recall the moments before the tape rolled on an immortal recording. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story. show more

  • 100
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    To fans who know the tunes by heart, hearing their history is never less than thrilling. And if you’ve heard that line about “Swampers” and never new who they were, you should. They have been known to pick a song or two. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Maybe the biggest problem with Muscle Shoals is that it doesn’t dig deeper into something even more miraculous than the music. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    After we hear the hit parade that poured from rural Alabama and meet the men who led it to the top of the charts, we realize that Muscle Shoals could call itself Hitsville, USA. show more

  • 75

    With such great music coming, one hit after after another, it's always a joy to watch. show more

  • 80
    Phil de Semlyen Empire

    A stomping good documentary. show more

  • October 31, 2013 Esly
    Report This User

    5 stars in my book. Outstanding documentary. Muscle Shoals must be included with Detroit, Memphis, Philly, Chess in Chicago and Jackson, MS. Great musicians making great music. This movie should be in more theatres.

  • October 09, 2013 resz1987
    Report This User

    Wow!! What a film. \"Muscle Shoals\" is the embodiment of great documentary film-making. Informative, insightful story telling, combined with a visually stunning cinematography...practically every frame a work-of-art. 5-STARS in my book.

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