The Punk Singer Synopsis
Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna becomes a pioneer of the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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Film.com

The Punk Singer is a perfect storm. It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it’s also just a damn good...
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90

Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
It's impossible to watch The Punk Singer and not ask if feminism is dead. That's a fair starting question. But a better one is what if it...
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88

RogerEbert.com

Is the movie too adulatory? It is not the most subtly layered documentary I've ever seen, but these days it's no longer verboten to take a...
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Edited in a frenzied mashup of concert fragments and off-stage exchanges, The Punk Singer generally overcomes its rough production values...
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
As Hanna’s fans already know, she’s back onstage with a new band called the Julie Ruin, who sound terrific. Today she can be a singer, a...
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80

CineVue

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The Punk Singer is a rewarding and positive experience. Anderson delivers a fascinating account of the grunge era and an influential story...
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80

Time Out New York

Although the film was completed too early to document Hanna’s return to music—her new band, the Julie Ruin, released an album in September...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Inkoo Kang
The Punk Singer fascinatingly traces the evolution of a woman.
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80

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Dynamic performance footage and input from a variety of collaborators, colleagues and admirers, as well as Hanna herself, make the tightly...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Despite the insularity, Punk Singer has a terrific story to tell, not least about the fascinating contradictions in Hanna’s character.
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Really great story of an amazing person and a very cool movement

By davidlhunter
Kathleen Hanna is a pretty fabulous person with a great story that I would think most people could appreciate on some level (though she's probably a bit abrasive for, say, your grandmother). If you...

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