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By Gabe Toro
With its rock doc trappings, it’s impossible to ignore that Mistaken For Strangers delivers on that front, with thrilling and candid on-stage footage that allows the band’s music to come alive: if you weren’t a fan before, you will be after the film.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The finest rock doc since "Anvil: The Story of Anvil." Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National, is a 40ish indie-rock star who carries himself like a hip lawyer.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
A tale of two brothers, one band and a boatload of psychological baggage, Mistaken for Strangers is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Not since “American Movie” has there been such an entertainingly clumsy, warts-and-all documentary about making a movie, this time courtesy of Cincinnati filmmaker Tom Berninger.
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It could easily have been a workaday music doc, but amid all the gigs, pit stops and sound checks emerges a funny and wry story of brothers at work.
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By Eric Kohn
Only the band's continuing popularity makes his journey stand out. Like its director-star, Mistaken For Strangers struggles admirably but can only go so far before letting the established talent win out.
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By Susan Wloszczyna
Mistaken for Strangers was a group effort. And also an act of love.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Berninger is hero and villain of this comic essay in ineptitude masquerading as a rock band on tour doc.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about indie group the National, comes off like an exercise in self-deprecation. As much a diary film as a rockumentary, it almost compulsively veers away from its ostensible subject.
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Village Voice

By Simon Abrams
Mistaken for Strangers doesn't reveal anything about Tom but his own insecurity.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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