• Released
  • October 7, 2011
  • (LA 10/21)
  • NR , 1 hr 47 min
  • Documentary
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83

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Filled with personal vignettes and famous-people testimonials, the film has a few too many narrative digressions, but it's a moving portrait of all-too-human personalities and the dogged optimism that keeps them going.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Isn't the happiest movie about a band you'll ever see, but it is one of the more entertaining, and thanks to directors Lev Anderson and Christ Metzler, one of the most original.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Like a Fishbone show or an LA weather forecast, the dark curtain rises, and there's a promise of more sunshine.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The best thing about Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is that it really is the story of Fishbone. It's a hearty, thoughtful, smartly assembled, vaguely complete documentary about a rock band that, even by the standards of out-there musical acts, seemed out there both in the mid-1980s and even now.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Unless you're a fan of Fishbone, Everyday Sunshine is probably just a documentary about a band you've never heard of, whose music you probably will not like. But there's a bigger and more interesting subject at work in this film. It's a movie about what it's like to almost make it in the music business, but not really, not quite. It's about coming close and watching it slip away.
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75

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Oddly, though, Everyday Sunshine ends up being a mostly optimistic tale. That's because, despite it all, Fishbone is still gigging.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Captures a reunion between them that speaks volumes about the intense connections, complicated and big-hearted, that have fueled an extraordinary musical collaboration.
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63

Slant Magazine

As thorough as the filmmakers are in providing a political context for Fishbone, they're often reduced to tunnel vision in an attempt to lift the unheralded band to its rightful place in music history.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
There's just enough uncut truth and soul in Fishbone's story to keep die-hard Boneheads skankin' to the beat, even if it's just for nostalgia's sake.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There's as much social history of L.A.'s racial divide as there is appreciation for the band's big, genre-crossing sound. It all comes together for a rollicking chronicle of verve and nerve.
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69 out of 100
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