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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Most audience members will probably want more. show more

  • 80
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    A knowledge of Smith's landmark contribution as a rock 'n' roll pioneer is not essential, and the film should be a joy for anyone interested in pop culture of the past 40 years. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    If one thing holds the picture back, it’s the self-conscious album-cover aesthetic of Sebring’s visual approach. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This intimate portrait of the so-called godmother of punk is aimed at viewers who are keenly fascinated by Smith. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    We don't learn too many specifics of Smith's brilliant career, and only a die-hard fan will find all of it vitally interesting. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    When embraced on its own terms, the film will provide an ironic bridge for those who want to share a greater closeness with Smith. show more

  • 58
    Portland Oregonian

    Most frustratingly, Smith's powerful music is heard only in snatches. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Frequently beautiful and intermittently haunting and could be called a meditation on aging and mortality, an intimate study of a peculiar variety of fame and a portrait of a genuinely remarkable person. show more

  • 80
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    A lovely, drifty first feature that feels less like a documentary and more like an act of rapturous devotion. show more

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