Searching for Sugar Man Synopsis
Two South African fans try to shed light on the fate of a failed musician from Detroit.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
"Searching" has emotional valleys and zeniths, and gasp-inducing turns, as old friends, fans and Rodriguez's grown daughters are...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of Searching for Sugar Man will not soon slip away.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The information they eventually dislodge about Rodriguez suggests a secular saint, a deeply good man, whose music is the expression of a...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A musical detective story, this enthralling documentary focuses on a little-known American musician whose haunting voice and poetic lyrics...
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By Ella Taylor
Intentionally or not, Searching for Sugar Man catches all that - the fleeting moments of triumph and the years of endurance, the...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Rodriguez's story is almost inconceivable in an obsessively magnified, heavily hyped Internet era. Which makes it all the more important to...
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By Michelle Orange
Sugar Man is most interesting when it touches on the conditions that combined to draw a cult hero out of some decent music and a generously...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A fresh and unexpected documentary that plays like a nail-biting mystery and a ticket to ride the whirlwind where art and commerce do...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The yarn is too irresistible: We're fed plenty of sugar in this authorized fairy tale, but are left hungry for beef.
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The Hollywood Reporter

While all the interview subjects are enthusiastic, the overall lack of familiarity with Rodriquez's personal background and career collapse...
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Searching for Sugar Man

By sandyErivers
Late 60's Detroit...apartheid in South Africa...Johannesburg's underground music...a music industry today that is no different than 40, 30, 20 years ago....a man who disappears...not just any man - ...


By rwnyc7711
One word: TRANSFORMATIVE! Funny, that word repeatedly came to mind as I watched this incredible docu-story of an extraordinary artist: Rodriquez. This selfless, humble artist SHINES, being...

Best movie in years!

By rkolotkin
Don't miss this one. It is moving, uplifting and inspirational! A real winner....

Very interesting

By lizard in Arlington
I knew nothing about this movie before I went to see it. My mother-in-law said she had read about it in the NY Times and that it had great reviews, so my husband and I decided to go and see it in...

You've Got to See Sugarman!

By lindademars
This documentary is amazing. Little bit mystery, little bit travelogue, little bit history...LOTS of great music and a story about how we can inspire people that we don't know about and have never...

Searching for Sugar Man

By gavinjonas
Wonderful, moving story of Rodriguez and his impact on South Africa during the 70's. Loved the movie, the story, the glimpses into an apartheid era South Africa. Highly Recommend....

unbelievably good - I was rivited from start to finish

By ukhoop24
One of the best movies I've ever seen. I got home and bought both Rodriquez albums and pre-ordered the DVD of the movie (when is it coming out?). I've since listened to the albums countless times...

A Profound Story.

By Show Me Move Me Change Me
This was the most profound and mesmerizing film we've seen in decades. We were humbled by the revelations of our connection to each other, even others we've never met, thousands of miles away and to...

Truth is stranger than fiction

By thisispenny
Documentary that proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Terrific documentary about an accomplished songwriter/musician who thought he had failed but had become an unbelievable success. very well...


By Pello
Having lived in South Africa as a teenager, listening to Sugar Man, this movie and his music brought back the whole mood of South Africa in the 70's. The story is unbelievable! Riveting and...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Drug References and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.
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