CBGB
CBGB (2013)

SYNOPSIS: CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for "country, bluegrass and blues" (thus… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2013
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Foundas
Variety

The music rocks, but little else does, in Randall Miller's sitcom snapshot of New York's iconic punk incubator.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

If you really want to remember those times? Get out "Horses." Or "Talking Heads: 77." Or "Blank Generation." Preferably on vinyl, with all the pops and scratches. And play them. Loud.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

You figure a movie that features the Ramones and Blondie would be so extraordinary and energetic, but "CBGB" makes them seem so mundane and unimportant.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

I would swear on a stack of Dead Boys T-shirts and a first pressing of Richard Hell and the Voidoids' "Blank Generation" that it could not possibly have been like that: so silly, so trivial, so boring.

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Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

Plays like it was written and directed by people who have never listened to or heard of punk rock in their lives

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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com

"CBGB" ain't no party, it ain't no disco, it ain't no foolin' around.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

In place of punk's howling rage, you get gross-out jokes that include at least a half-dozen close-ups of the poop from Kristal's bowel-challenged dog.

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Jay Stone
Canada.com

Under Rickman's pained gaze you wonder what he saw in the music, although when you hear it... it does take you back. There's something there, but CBGB isn't it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom. Very Good Film! The story, the texture, the music all lifted me into a different world. The cuts between this punk… More
Cameron Johnson
"Rock of Ages: Before the Glam"! No, people, this type of film is quite a ways away from being something like "Rock of Ages", but the idea… More
MisterYoda ?
four stars...
Sol C
The film was a disappointment. I thought from the trailer that the film would be good, but I was wrong. I didn't like the style of the film. The style… More