Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. (c) Official Site

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

[Documents] the band's coming together and falling apart and [offers] a passionate tribute to its brilliant, beautiful music.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

The downside of their cult stature is a shortfall of footage, but the music is uncannily gorgeous, well deployed and copious: for non-initiates, it'll be like finding lost treasure.

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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune

All the making-of footage and scenes offering a taste of Memphis in the '70s will probably thrill established Big Star lovers in a big way.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

[A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band's thwarted expectations.

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Jamie Healy
Radio Times

There's a distinct lack of archive footage of the band in their prime, but the director makes a good stab at bringing to life the studio sessions that produced such treasures as The Ballad of El Goodo.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is no doubt going to please fans of the cult rock band, but the rest of us may feel like outsiders - not put off by the proceedings, really, but somewhat mystified as to what all the fuss is about.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time.

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Michael Hann
Guardian

The result is an observed story, without the why of Big Star's musical disintegration that is at the heart of their enduring legend.

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