• Released
  • July 27, 2012
  • (NY, LA)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 26 min
  • Documentary
  • 207 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two South African fans try to shed light on the fate of a failed musician from Detroit.

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Critic Ratings

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100

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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100

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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100

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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100

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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90

NPR

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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80

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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75

Movieline

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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75

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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67

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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50

The Hollywood Reporter

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