100

Chicago Sun-Times

Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by.
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
To fans who know the tunes by heart, hearing their history is never less than thrilling. And if you’ve heard that line about “Swampers” and never new who they were, you should. They have been known to pick a song or two.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

Muscle Shoals isn't perfect. Neither Bono nor Alicia Keyes has any business being in the movie, though Bono does wax poetic about the genius of the music recorded there, and Keyes teams with the Swampers for a strong performance of Dylan's "Pressing On."
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story.
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83

The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
While Muscle Shoals and its presentation doesn't reinvent the wheel—this is your standard talking heads documentary—the treasure trove of stills and found footage makes for a compelling and effortlessly watchable film that even the casual music fan should find themselves totally engrossed in.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A trove of great stills and movie footage accompanies the colorful anecdotes, but the film's most consistent pleasure is the way interviewees recall the moments before the tape rolled on an immortal recording.
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80

Empire

By Phil de Semlyen
A stomping good documentary.
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80

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Greg "Freddy" Camalier's engaging new doc Muscle Shoals stands as a winning tribute to the coastal Alabama studio, musicians, and engineers who laid down some of the greatest pop tracks of the late '60s and early '70s.
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80

The Telegraph

Overall, it’s joyous, uplifting – and as funky as the music at its heart.
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50

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
At once overstuffed with interviews and intellectually underdeveloped, the movie charts the area’s music industry and what is lyrically if elusively called the Muscle Shoals sound.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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