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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Powered by Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Joe Berlinger mixes archival footage, concert scenes, interviews and present-day reunions to meld a harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    It does lightly suggest scintillating questions about the responsibility artists have in reflecting current political moments in their music. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Time and changing tides have been kind to Graceland (and to the local musicians who've since become internationally renowned), but an on-camera meeting between the songwriter and ANC leader Oliver Tambo finds their conflict between creative freedom and revolutionary solidarity fascinatingly unresolved. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The film skillfully interweaves several strands to tell a true story with a happy ending. show more

  • 70
    Rob Nelson Variety

    Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician documentaries. show more

  • 91
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well. show more

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