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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Some may still be surprised at this fun, well-informed chronicle of what was happening in the U.S. as lighted floors, boogie shoes and Saturday night fevers were the rage. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Jamie Kastner bows fully to hedonism in lieu of all the scholarly theories on disco's lasting impact--a tidy but gutless way of tying together so many disparate arguments by such disparate people. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Its priceless clips from the disco era aside, The Secret Disco Revolution laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor. show more

  • 80
    The Guardian

    Rather than simply charting the rise and fall of disco to a thumping soundtrack, the film presents an unexpected school of thought – that disco was actually a vehicle of liberation, a revolutionary tool used to end the oppression of women and black and gay people in 1970s America. show more

  • 20
    Michael Atkinson Time Out New York

    Kastner’s history is simplistic, his pacing is glacial and his film is laboriously constructed around a campy fictional trio of caricatured gay-black-girl “masterminds” planning the “revolution,” thumbing through a “manifesto” and sprinkling glitter ritualistically on a mirror ball. show more

  • 100

    The Secret Disco Revolution is the doc that disco deserves – rigorous, critical and entertaining. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    The film isn't as smart on the issue of race as it needs to be, and its feminist read of the music and scene feels forced in places, but as an entry-level conversation starter, it gets the job done. show more

  • 70
    David DeWitt The New York Times

    The Secret Disco Revolution, however limited, is one smart documentary. It’s so clever that it makes fun of itself. show more

  • 30
    Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times

    The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary. show more

  • 75
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    Disco scholars convincingly analyze lyrics and fashions as presenting bold expressions of sexuality and democratic hedonism, while Kastner doesn't skimp on the vintage clips, which range from unintentionally hilarious to surprisingly impressive. show more

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