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20 Feet From Stardom Reviews

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January 22, 2013
Giving these not-quite-stars their moment in the sun is a commendable aim, but it comes at the expense of any real insight.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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+
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
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
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.
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.
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, 2017
As illuminating as it is thoroughly entertaining.
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+
August 30, 2018
As much bittersweet as inspirational.
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
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
March 27, 2014
As directed by Morgan Neville, who obviously adores these women, it's their hopes and disappointments, triumphs and heartbreaks and fabulous, passionate personalities that takes this film to another level, and will take you with it.
March 28, 2014
Morgan Neville's hugely enjoyable, Oscar-winning documentary celebrates the unsung heroes who helped make some of popular music's most celebrated songs and albums special.
February 6, 2014
This is the type of film that should be shown to any teenager aspiring to endeavor a career in the arts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 31, 2013
By turns funny, rousing, intriguing, sad and frustrating.
June 14, 2013
The pantheon gets its overdue spotlight in Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a documentary nearly as glorious as the voices it celebrates.
June 10, 2013
This joyous documentary leaves us wanting to immediately seek out the incredible, sometimes unfamiliar music we've just heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2014
A warm and fitting tribute to talented singers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2014
Twenty Feet From Stardom is an illuminating and hugely entertaining documentary with important, far-reaching messages to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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