• Released
  • June 14, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
  • 270 Fan Ratings
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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100

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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90

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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90

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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88

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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88

Chicago Sun-Times

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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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88

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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85

Film.com

By William Goss
A well-polished production with a remarkable soundtrack.
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80

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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80

Variety

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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Loved it!

By bu87
A wonderful tribute to a group of people who are the backbone of the music industry....

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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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