80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Frequently beautiful and intermittently haunting and could be called a meditation on aging and mortality, an intimate study of a peculiar variety of fame and a portrait of a genuinely remarkable person.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
A knowledge of Smith's landmark contribution as a rock 'n' roll pioneer is not essential, and the film should be a joy for anyone interested in pop culture of the past 40 years.
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A lovely, drifty first feature that feels less like a documentary and more like an act of rapturous devotion.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
This intimate portrait of the so-called godmother of punk is aimed at viewers who are keenly fascinated by Smith.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
If one thing holds the picture back, it’s the self-conscious album-cover aesthetic of Sebring’s visual approach.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
When embraced on its own terms, the film will provide an ironic bridge for those who want to share a greater closeness with Smith.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
We don't learn too many specifics of Smith's brilliant career, and only a die-hard fan will find all of it vitally interesting.
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58

Portland Oregonian

Most frustratingly, Smith's powerful music is heard only in snatches.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Most audience members will probably want more.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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