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  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Fans will want to replay the extensive archival footage over and over. Newcomers are more likely to pause halfway through, search out the superlative soundtrack, and immerse themselves in the music that inspired this rare, fall-and-rise story in the first place. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Big Star was essentially Chris Bell's band, and emotionally, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is Bell's movie. Joining rock's dead-at-27 club via a 1978 car crash, he left behind a fine, then-unreleased album and two siblings who tell his story movingly. As they recount his final years, the sadness in Bell's songs comes to seem eerily prescient. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    [A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band’s thwarted expectations. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In the end, it’s the songs that provide the most eloquent and lasting testimony. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    A rock-doc that mythologizes the tragicomic flame out of power pop's seminal band, and the fan-made afterlife that brought them long-delayed success. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s a fascinating period in music and an equally fascinating story of promise, talent, expectations and failure. But you can’t help but feel that Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me won’t settle the most important argument of all to the unconverted — Were they as good as the hype? show more

  • 38
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Big Star’s fans are so passionate that this film may well please some of them, but as for myself, I already knew their music was genius. By the end, I was muttering at every critic and musician and record producer, “Guys, tell me something I don’t know.” show more

  • 90
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Directors Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me looks at the band’s rise, such as it was, and its inevitable crumbling, as well as the influence its recorded legacy had on popular music. And it’s terrific. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable. show more

  • 60
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    Nothing Can Hurt Me is frustratingly unfocused, petering out considerably after its first hour. show more

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