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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film’s genius is the way it applies the lessons of Sound City to any job. “The human element,” says Grohl, “that’s what makes the magic.” In his directing debut, Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Sound City is Grohl's first effort at filmmaking, and if it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a place he considers among the most hallowed halls of rock. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Grohl has a longstanding reputation as one of the nicest guys in rock. So it should come as no surprise that this may be the most positive music documentary you'll ever see. show more

  • 80
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Dave Grohl has more than clout in his corner in his terrifically entertaining documentary Sound City. He brings elements that can't be faked -- passion and heart -- to this lovingly assembled insider account of what it feels like to make real handcrafted rock music. show more

  • 70
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Grohl's jovial presence is the hook; playing interviewer and emcee as well as director, he's the catchy bit you welcome every time it returns. The star-studded interview list provides much of the personality and attitude, as does a fantastically tense behind-the-scenes video of Petty and his band laboring long hours to craft their breakthrough record. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    Grohl's appreciation for the inhabitants of this dingy demimonde, from the artists to the secretaries at the front desk, makes Sound City an infectious and sincere Valentine to a rapidly disappearing art form. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s still a passion project, in all the best ways, a jaunty, juicy ramble through music history from Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Given Dave Grohl's reputation for versatility and good taste, the film's sturdy sense of forward motion may come as no surprise. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Sound City is a music geek's dream, a rollicking look at a dumpy California studio where a lot of musicians found magic. It's also a bit of a mess, like all good rock and roll ought to be. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    For a movie that's essentially about a piece of hardware-the legendary Neve mixing console, an imposing slab of knobs and meters - this geeked-out documentary beats with more heart than could be imagined. show more

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