By Andrew O'Hehir
CBGB has more of the original prankish punk spirit than it even recognizes.
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By Mark Jenkins
Rickman is too theatrical, and too British, to vanish entirely into the person of Hilly Kristal. But he's entertaining to watch, and ultimately one of the more persuasive actors in a movie that suffers from as many odd casting decisions as Lee Daniels' The Butler.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
You can’t help feeling as if Miller has missed an opportunity. Punk rock was all about manic energy, unbridled (and often unfocused) passion. CBGB plays more like a folk tale.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As a film, the result is static, like Ang Lee’s similarly muddled “Taking Woodstock.”
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The absolute antithesis to the pioneering punk spirit it tries to portray.
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The Dissolve

By Keith Phipps
No doubt a decent movie could have been made about the behind-the-scenes life of CBGB, but CBGB isn’t it. It’s as flip about the club as it is about Kristal, the music, and the time and place that shaped it all.
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
In its stylistically flailing stab at authenticity, CBGB ends up merely a mess of caricatures.
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Slant Magazine

By Tomas Hachard
As the film moves from one musical performance to another, the result increasingly feels like a series of celebrity impersonations set to a best-of-punk compilation album.
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Village Voice

CBGB's biggest problem is that it's taken such electrifying source material and done absolutely zilch with it.
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30 out of 100
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