88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The triumph of this fond, uncontainable documentary is that it lets you hear that voice again loud and clear.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

Julian Temple, the British music-documentary director who helmed the 2000 Pistols' flick "The Filth and the Fury," has done such cinematic justice to the punk humanist born John Graham Mellor, who died of a congenital heart defect in 2002.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Captures the Joe Strummer who, in the late 1970s, just about firebombed the rock establishment with his fury.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Like an early Clash number, it's by turns lovely and ugly, loud as bombs and quiet as a revolution's first-thrown stone; it acknowledges the legend while uncovering the truth.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Compelling viewing, even for people who don't care a bit for the punk scene.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Its moving narrative requires little in the way of embellishment, but Temple’s documentary sometimes becomes too clever for its own good.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

One of the most direct and personal music documentaries ever made.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie fascinates not so much because of Strummer, whose brooding temperament and flash-and-burn career arc seems pretty routine by rock standards, but because of the way Temple organized and edited the film.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Thirty years down the line, not everyone looks as they once did, so even fans will have trouble putting names to aged faces. Newcomers, meanwhile, will feel hopelessly shut out.
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79 out of 100
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