20 Feet From Stardom Synopsis
Filmmaker Morgan Neville celebrates the contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Yes, for every star there are five more also-rans and maybe-next-times. But there is honor and glory in being part of the blend. And, at...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
20 Feet From Stardom may possibly be the happiest time you’ll have at the movies all summer, but it comes with a heavy load of frustration....
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The Hollywood Reporter

Neville unearths a treasure trove of archival TV, concert and film footage featuring many of these vocalists in their heyday, balancing the...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A moving and joyous behind-the-scenes documentary about a world filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Sometimes it's racism; sometimes bum luck; sometimes it's producer Phil Spector putting Love's voice in another singer's mouth. You watch....
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Chicago Sun-Times

From front to back stage, 20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the spirit of these giving artists as they navigated the rapid...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Audiences meet the most memorable voices in the world of backup singers. They perform with world-famous musical acts, but theirs are not...
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By William Goss
A well-polished production with a remarkable soundtrack.
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Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
It does what the most powerful films and music have always done, which is to spark contemplation of our own lives and choices, and our...
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By Peter Debruge
For most of its running time, this personality-packed docu is nothing short of absorbing as it recaps the essential role African-American...
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20 Feet from Stardom

By rlbown1999
Excellent movie. The story was compelling, very insightful and helps the music lover appreciate the role of the background singer. As one critic said, it takes more than a great voice to become the...

I didn't want to movie to end...

By magritte59
Real people. Real pain. Real Joy. Backup singers deserve a lot of love. I will never see them the same way again. Best movie in years. And I go to a movie every week....

20 Feet from Stardom is a Must See for Music Lovers

By agnes525
Exceptionally talented Background singers on Motown, Rock, and Folk music are covered from the 1960s thru today. You'll recognize many of the voices. You'll be surprised by who started as singing...

Legendary Powerhouse A-List Pioneer Backup Singers! Best Movie This Year!

By alivia_d
I just heard about this movie yesterday. Watched the previews and I had to go. I chose to see this over Wolverine, which I will see next week, but boy am I glad I chose 20 Feet from Stardom. ...

20 feet from stardom

By jhpkelly901
Great film ,very informative. Gives a whole new aspect to the business of stardom and what it takes to become the one out front. Great singing, I want the album....

A sensory treat

By dave493
Give yourself a break from CGI and sci-fi sound effects and take in one of this years best treats. 20 feet entertains with some of the best sounds of all times interspersed with authentic interviews...

Must Go More Than Once!

By diannebianchi
This film is so rich in content — from pop culture music history to archived and contemporary performances of music we grew up with — that it was hard to absorb it all in a single viewing. Add to...

I saw it two days in a row

By nadeler
This movie is so good on so many levels that I went back to see it again the next day, so I could share it with my wife. Every music fan should see it. It is this year's Searching For Sugarman....

More than a must see!!!!!

By Moviegoer4Fun
For anyone who has appreciated music over the past 40+ years up to now - this movie covers the singers that made it happen. The ups/downs of singing back-up....

Raw talent

By ingersollax
Fascinating film as it explored the particular musicianship - and life's challenges - of backup singers. Some were familiar but others were revelations. In particular, Lisa Fischer's current...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Strong Language and Sexual Material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers.
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