Sound City Synopsis
Artists and producers highlight the history of the recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif.

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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film’s genius is the way it applies the lessons of Sound City to any job. “The human element,” says Grohl, “that’s what makes the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Dave Grohl has more than clout in his corner in his terrifically entertaining documentary Sound City. He brings elements that can't be...
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
For a movie that's essentially about a piece of hardware-the legendary Neve mixing console, an imposing slab of knobs and meters - this...
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Sound City is a music geek's dream, a rollicking look at a dumpy California studio where a lot of musicians found magic. It's also a bit...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Sound City is Grohl's first effort at filmmaking, and if it doesn't break any ground as a documentary, it's a heartfelt testament to a...
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s still a passion project, in all the best ways, a jaunty, juicy ramble through music history from Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Neil...
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75

Miami Herald

Grohl's appreciation for the inhabitants of this dingy demimonde, from the artists to the secretaries at the front desk, makes Sound City...
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NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Grohl's jovial presence is the hook; playing interviewer and emcee as well as director, he's the catchy bit you welcome every time it...
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Slant Magazine

Given Dave Grohl's reputation for versatility and good taste, the film's sturdy sense of forward motion may come as no surprise.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Grohl has a longstanding reputation as one of the nicest guys in rock. So it should come as no surprise that this may be the most positive...
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Funny + great soundtrack

By Indie Film Lover
Entertaining, irreverent, funny and touching with toe-tapping music that has been the soundtrack of my life. Loved the back-stories on people not usually in the limelight who made Sound City run. ...

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Sound City - thank you Mr. Grohl!

By 4reign_indies
Only Dave Grohl could bring together the greatest musicians for amazing jams sessions. This great documentary makes you realize (although you knew and didn't want to admit) today's "musicians" are...

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Rated NR