Searching for Sugar Man
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, _Rodriguez (VIII)_.... (Full plot summary below)

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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, _Rodriguez (VIII)_.

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New Orleans Times-Picayune - 10/10 by Mike Scott All music docs are not created equal. Yes, some are formulaic. But some are beautiful, some are singular, some are marvels of storytelling. And some, like Searching for Sugar Man, are all three.
USA Today - 10/10 by Claudia Puig A musical detective story, this enthralling documentary focuses on a little-known American musician whose haunting voice and poetic lyrics were essentially unknown in his own country, but had a massive impact across the globe.
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Peter Hartlaub "Searching" has emotional valleys and zeniths, and gasp-inducing turns, as old friends, fans and Rodriguez's grown daughters are interviewed.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 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 blessed inner being. I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/10 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.
NPR - 9/10 by Ella Taylor Intentionally or not, Searching for Sugar Man catches all that - the fleeting moments of triumph and the years of endurance, the accumulation of family and the unquenched dreams - and doesn't presume to sew it all up for us.
TV Guide's Movie Guide - 9/10 by Mark Deming There's no arguing this is a remarkable story, and director Malik Bendjelloul tells it beautifully, creating a powerful sense of mystery and discovery even when we're tipped off to how the story ends.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael Phillips At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Betsy Sharkey The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction saga has been a hit on the festival circuit, winning top documentary prizes at Sundance for Sweden's Bendjelloul. What sets Searching for Sugar Man apart, though, is the way in which the filmmaker preserves a sense of mystery in the telling.
France24 - 9/10 by Jon Frosch A nimble and engaging documentary, less about a man than about a myth -- and about the experience of loving an under-loved artist.
Charlotte Observer - 9/10 by Lawrence Toppman Rodriguez' inner peace wins us over. He seems to have enjoyed recording music, fathering kids, cleaning houses, playing sold-out gigs and simply strumming a guitar in his kitchen. Searching for Sugar Man reminds us that a wise man knows lasting riches are never the result of record sales.
The A.V. Club - 9/10 by Nathan Rabin Though unabashedly manipulative in its storytelling and structure, Searching For Sugar Man ultimately earns its happy ending and buzzy, crowd-pleasing populist appeal by alchemizing trembling inner-city pain into transcendent international beauty.

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