• Released
  • June 28, 2013
  • NR , 1 hr 38 min
  • Documentary
  • 5 Fan Ratings
90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
And then would come this generous, spirited documentary, to capture one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Joy and redemption aren't exactly punk mantras, but A Band Called Death might just give your heart a thrashing.
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90

Village Voice

A beautiful tale of life, love, music, and family, of things not working out but also working out just as predicted.
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83

The Playlist

By Katie Walsh
This rock doc rewrites punk history while telling an emotional story about an artist’s spirit and his faithful family.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
A Band Called Death lacks the thrill of mystery but makes up for it with pathos.
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80

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
It’s a soul-stirring tribute to a man whose vision was too bold and revolutionary for his lifetime, or the convention-bound ways of the music industry, but was ultimately too powerful to be denied.
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80

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
A Band Called Death is more concerned with bringing out the personal connections behind their driven music than with insisting upon the group’s distinction in the perennial music history search for oddities and firsts.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Drew Hunt
The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Like the recent "Searching for Sugar Man," A Band Called Death celebrates music born in Detroit that, with a turn of the wrist and a different roll of the dice, might've found the audience it deserved the first time.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Mike D'Angelo
The film springs to life in its second half, when the members’ grown kids, who are also working musicians, discover that their dads/uncles were in a forgotten, innovative band that the family had never once mentioned.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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