90

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Directors Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me looks at the band’s rise, such as it was, and its inevitable crumbling, as well as the influence its recorded legacy had on popular music. And it’s terrific.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Big Star was essentially Chris Bell's band, and emotionally, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is Bell's movie. Joining rock's dead-at-27 club via a 1978 car crash, he left behind a fine, then-unreleased album and two siblings who tell his story movingly. As they recount his final years, the sadness in Bell's songs comes to seem eerily prescient.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Fans will want to replay the extensive archival footage over and over. Newcomers are more likely to pause halfway through, search out the superlative soundtrack, and immerse themselves in the music that inspired this rare, fall-and-rise story in the first place.
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75

Slant Magazine

A rock-doc that mythologizes the tragicomic flame out of power pop's seminal band, and the fan-made afterlife that brought them long-delayed success.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a fascinating period in music and an equally fascinating story of promise, talent, expectations and failure. But you can’t help but feel that Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me won’t settle the most important argument of all to the unconverted — Were they as good as the hype?
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
[A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band’s thwarted expectations.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

If Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me leads even one person to listen to Big Star for the first time, this movie will have done a great service.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
A skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated.
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70

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Big Star may not be the best introduction for those who don't yet have at least some passing familiarity with the bruised-knee wistfulness of songs like "Thirteen," or the quavery undersea despair of "Kangaroo." But for anyone already curious, Nothing Can Hurt Me delivers the goods.
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
A deserved tribute that puts us inside the music, and the head space, of a great, lost band.
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69 out of 100
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