A Band Called Death Synopsis
A story on the the first black punk band.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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punk's roots?

By neg_entropy
The Detroit based MC5 released Kick Out the Jams in 1968. The Stooges, also Detroit based, released their first album in 1969. So how is it that Death invented punk in 1975? I like the music and I'm...

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Kick ass

By tigeryuri
Amazing inspiring movie, even if you don't like punk. Go!!...

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Rated NR