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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can't be made than Mark Landsman's doc about a Texas high school funk band that tore up the music scene from 1968 to 1977. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    One serious omission in the film - identifying what these seemingly prosperous alumni of the band do for a living and did with their lives. show more

  • 63
    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. show more

  • 60
    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. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Music has rarely appeared more essential to the human drama. show more

  • 100
    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. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a predominantly black Houston high school's singularly accomplished jazz stage band. show more

  • 80
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    A precious scrap of American history. show more

  • January 21, 2012 dorfeil
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    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 student to enjoy this they would be able to read and do math., because all you do is read and count. make band and music Just important too in our schools!

  • September 28, 2011 qm00000000102616
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    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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