Thunder Soul Synopsis
Conrad Johnson's former band students perform for him in honor of his hard work and dedication.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
By introducing funky licks, fancy footwork and many of his own compositions to the band's stodgy set list of jazz standards, this...
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Music has rarely appeared more essential to the human drama.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can't be made than Mark Landsman's doc about a Texas high school...
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Warm memories of one school under a groove and a moving ending that no screenwriter could improve upon.
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80

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
A precious scrap of American history.
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80

Los Angeles Times

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Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, Thunder Soul gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this...
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80

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a...
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75

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
One serious omission in the film - identifying what these seemingly prosperous alumni of the band do for a living and did with their lives.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Forcefully traditional and sentimental, Thunder Soul benefits most from the cinematic turn of the actual events it documents, which allowed...
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60

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists, the film serves as a rousing testament to the singular...
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By Awilliams2542
Very good documentary. Would be an excellent addition for every high school library....

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By MOVIEPRO49
JAMIE FOXX!!!!! THIS WAS THE GREATEST MOVIE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! LIVE INTERACTION WITH SOME OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS UPON THE CONCLUSION WAS IN A WORD PHENOMENAL! THE MOVIE TOOK ME BACK TO MY...

perfection

By fReAk4MoViEs
Omggggg! (:...

Love this movie!

By khowitt
This movie is truly special. I would definitely recommend seeing it! If you like music there is absolutely no way you won't love this movie....

Wonderful Film

By JohnnyBoston
Really Great inspiring Story: Teachers Good Ones can really impact the lives of Children & music, the arts can lift the spirits & lives of not just individual Kids but a whole community. These...

ThunderSoul

By nlevine4411
Excellent...

Inspiring

By jpcampbell
A great tribute to a man who dedicated his life to inpiring others....

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Rated PG | For brief language and momentary historical smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Uplifting docu spotlights legendary high school jazz band.
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