Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Synopsis
Filmmaker Julien Temple examines the life of the late Clash musician.
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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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Philadelphia Inquirer

Julian Temple, the British music-documentary director who helmed the 2000 Pistols' flick "The Filth and the Fury," has done such cinematic...
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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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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...
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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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By Glenn Kenny
At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

One of the most direct and personal music documentaries ever made.
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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...
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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,...
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Not Just for Clash Fans

By riddell40
This is a great Documentary of a great songwirter. I saw this film at the Sundance Festival this past January and was blown away. Strummer is an icon and the love and passion that he brought to...

Joe Strummer The Future is Unwrtten

By SandySabean
Excellent! Beautiful homage to a great artist. Whether you like the Clash or not, a must see....

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Rated NR