100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The result is a beguiling and often poignant pageant of outsider musicians, but the broken heart of this extraordinary film comes directly from Zobel's own personal experience.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A terrific, small, funny, sad movie.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Great World of Sound, a Sundance hit, is Zobel’s first film, a confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
Once the story moves up north to Indianapolis, things become pat and predictable. But for its first 80 minutes, Great World of Sound hits all the right notes.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The laughs flow, but Zobel isn't content to rely solely on them. To his credit, he allows Martin and Clarence - and the film - to develop consciences.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Morally ambiguous, subtly crafted, resolutely free of cliché and made with almost no money, The Great World of Sound is under-the-radar independent filmmaking in the Jarmusch-Cassavetes mode, both noble and ruthless in spirit.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Enthusiastically received at Sundance, "Great World" is an intriguing look at our obsession with being successful and famous.
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70

Village Voice

A fitting 21st-century addition to the genre. The film's meager plotting and casual melancholy peg it as a modest indie, but these ingredients dovetail nicely with Zobel's bigger theme about the futility of the modern world.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The joke is that the salesmen believe they're actually trying to discover talent and - like the people they're encouraging - are victims.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Difficult to watch, and the film is sabotaged by an impossibly naive lead character and the repetitive auditions that become gratuitously depressing.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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