20 Feet From Stardom
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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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"It's that versatility that defines these singers, the ability to make following seem as important as leading."
‑ Jim Farber, New York Daily News
"The movie takes its cues from Standing in the Shadows of Motown, another act of pop-culture revisionism that tried to give musical credit where it was due."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare... and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Twenty Feet From Stardom is an illuminating and hugely entertaining documentary with important, far-reaching messages to boot."
‑ Amon Warmann, HeyUGuys
"The documentary tells similarly poignant stories in a fast-paced 91 minutes through interviews, contemporary concert footage and great archival stuff."
‑ Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times
"Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit's overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"When you stop to realise what these girls have done to enrich your life, only for one to become a cleaner and another to start teaching Spanish, your tears will be real."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Morgan Neville's hugely enjoyable, Oscar-winning documentary celebrates the unsung heroes who helped make some of popular music's most celebrated songs and albums special."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"This hugely enjoyable film puts Love and others up front and centre, where we feel they belong."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"As long as you're hearing the singing and stories of Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, and the great Darlene Love, you can bliss out on their passion."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"You may never hear the Rolling Stones's Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger's and Clayton's separate accounts of the recording of the song."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Joyous and uplifting ..."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Consciously avoiding a Dreamgirls vibe that suggests their failure was a showbiz tragedy, Neville lets his subjects unabashedly strut their stuff."
‑ Kate Stables, Sight and Sound
"Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
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