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  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The doc happily devotes most of its time to a stylish, energetic account of Hanna's career to date and the impact it has had on a generation of women. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    At its best, The Punk Singer tells the story of one pivotal life in a whole movement. Both Anderson and Hanna are at pains to avoid giving the impression that one singer carried the movement single-handedly. show more

  • 90

    The Punk Singer is a perfect storm. It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it’s also just a damn good movie. show more

  • 88

    Is the movie too adulatory? It is not the most subtly layered documentary I've ever seen, but these days it's no longer verboten to take a stance in docs. And there is so much to be admired about Hanna. Plus…if you've never seen some of those songs performed…it's electrifying. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Despite the insularity, Punk Singer has a terrific story to tell, not least about the fascinating contradictions in Hanna’s character. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    As pointedly as The Punk Singer looks at the past, the movie’s uncertain where the energy of that original moment has gone. Where are the riot-grrrls of today? Take your daughters to the movie, then ask them. show more

  • 50
    Drew Hunt Slant Magazine

    Sini Anderson's film may be another unimaginative fan letter, but at least Kathleen Hannah is worthy of such devotion. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    Although the film was completed too early to document Hanna’s return to music—her new band, the Julie Ruin, released an album in September and has been touring—it still offers a poignant, intimate portrait of a larger-than-life personality—one whose singular voice is still sorely needed in music, culture and, well, everywhere. show more

  • 80
    Tom Huddleston Time Out London

    This is a woman who has been through hell and come out kicking, and the result is as much a celebration of her life as it is a documentary. show more

  • 80

    The Punk Singer is a rewarding and positive experience. Anderson delivers a fascinating account of the grunge era and an influential story of a role model who has the guts and spunk to hopefully inspire a whole new generation of Riot Grrls and Boys. show more

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