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Thunder Soul

Rated PG for brief language and momentary historical smoking.

PG In Theaters 09/23/2011 , 83min.
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Critic score based on 12 reviews

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January 21, 2012
Thunder Soul was a awesome movie. I can't wait for It to come out on DVD i am going to show it to everyone. I have already been tell my family an friends to watch out for it. I believe all school that have band need to see it. also anybody that is in Education need to see it as well so they will understand why band and music is just important as reading and Math because if we could get our
September 28, 2011
What an inspiring and positive movie to see. A superb documentary to recap how it should be today in the public schools, to teach one you reach one.

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Los Angeles Times
Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, Thunder Soul gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this post-civil-rights generation. Full Review
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists, the film serves as a rousing testament to the singular blessings of music education, since there's nothing inherent or automatic about kids learning how to groove. Full Review
J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader
A precious scrap of American history. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
By introducing funky licks, fancy footwork and many of his own compositions to the band's stodgy set list of jazz standards, this indomitable leader (whose declining health adds a poignant twang to the film's final scenes) instilled racial pride alongside musical competency. Full Review
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
Forcefully traditional and sentimental, Thunder Soul benefits most from the cinematic turn of the actual events it documents, which allowed the beloved teacher's life to end on a perfectly bittersweet note. Full Review

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