• Released
  • October 11, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • 21 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: CBGB looks at New York’s dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for “country, bluegrass and blues” (thus the club’s name) and which showcased cutting-edge bands through its closing in 2006.

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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
CBGB has more of the original prankish punk spirit than it even recognizes.
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60

NPR

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...
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50

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)...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic.
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40

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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37

Film.com

By
The absolute antithesis to the pioneering punk spirit it tries to portray.
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30

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...
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30

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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25

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...
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20

Village Voice

By
CBGB's biggest problem is that it's taken such electrifying source material and done absolutely zilch with it.
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Rated R | For for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and a scene of violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Weak drama but great rock-'n'-roll (plus sex and drugs).
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF