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20 Feet From Stardom Reviews

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August 28, 2019
The movie pays a long-overdue tribute to their glorious pipes, but also engages with the disconnection between talent and stardom, and while it isn't exactly an exposť of the music industry, infuriating details emerge.
August 27, 2019
It is a bit ironic that the film we could have seen is somewhere to the side of this one, probably no more than 20 feet away.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 3, 2019
Both a sight for sore eyes, and a clearing of blocked ears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 17, 2019
No murders or revolutions necessary in this well-constructed and moving exploration of great talents who deserve their dues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2019
The Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet From Stardom attempts to right this injustice by focusing on [Merry] Clayton and a number of other backup singers whose voices we know, but whose names we often do not.
March 7, 2019
The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won't believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 25, 2019
If 20 Feet from Stardom has a flaw, it's one that's impossible to fix: It could be more, bigger, longer; it could be a miniseries, a Behind the Music of the voices you know but don't necessarily recognize.
December 11, 2018
20 Feet has fingers in a lot of narrative pies, but it's most interesting when it focuses on the singers' struggles in a historical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2018
As much bittersweet as inspirational.
August 21, 2018
It certainly a must watch for music lovers and for those curious to see the pivotal role that back-up singers played in shaping pop and rock classics of the 60s and 70s.
December 31, 2017
Artists including Mick Jagger talk about their backing singers -- and the soundtrack is, of course, heavenly.
October 24, 2017
Joyous, uplifting, melancholy and nostalgic, Twenty Feet From Stardom is a stunning salute to the singers who stay in the background, but whose talents can never be contained there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 5, 2017
While there are moments in the film awkwardly placed to achieve moments of pensiveness from the talent, what it does well is offers a point of view where there wasn't before.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 7, 2017
As illuminating as it is thoroughly entertaining.
April 28, 2015
Just thrilling. Watching this movie feels like finally giving credit where it's overdue.
May 5, 2014
Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2014
When you stop to realise what these girls have done to enrich your life, only for one to become a cleaner and another to start teaching Spanish, your tears will be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 30, 2014
Joyous and uplifting ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2014
It celebrates these women's... genuine, selfless love and devotion to the music itself. And to hear that in an era of get-fame-quick shows such as The Voice, where 'tuning' stars' voices is standard practice, gives you a genuine glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2014
20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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