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Tracks the tumultuous rise of two talented musicians, Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols, and dissects their star-crossed friendship and bitter rivalry. Both are hell-bent on staging a self-proclaimed revolution of the music industry. Through their loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and ultimately to their chance at a piece of the profit-driven music business. How each handles his stab at "success" is where the relationship frays and burns.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"[An] unflinching look at the rock world."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"In a year that has seen several fascinating documentaries on famous rock stars and their problems, Dig! stands out for being about musicians who only think they should be famous. And, man, do they have problems."
‑ Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"fulfills the function and promise of all great documentaries"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Newcombe is clearly as troubled as he is talented, maybe more."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"A vibrant and vivid documentary masterwork."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's a classic music soap opera, but never told with a more raw scream for help at its center."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Its power comes from Timoner sticking with the story over the long haul -- on the road, in hotel rooms, backstage -- getting in-your-face footage and telling a good tale with it."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This remarkable first feature by Ondi Timoner transcends its subject matter by engaging our emotions and making us care about the likes of Anton Newcombe, even if we don't like him very much."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This amped-up rockumentary doubles as an essay on self-destruction."
‑ , Independent
"Erratic, tragic, and absolutely hilarious: Dig! is fantastic filmmaking."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"I must admit that I came out of DiG! with a certain degree of admiration for Newcombe -- and for this documentary."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"There's nothing cautionary in DiG! that you couldn't learn by renting the 1986 Sex Pistols-related biopic Sid and Nancy -- or exploring the commercially still-born yet revered career of the Velvet Underground."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"DIG! is also brave enough to show the real, ugly warts of the music business, whereas more established bands would probably prefer a polished, PR-approved vision."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Consistently funny and brutally honest, Dig! is a great addition to the rockumentary genre."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Linked together by the deadpan, melancholy drawl of Taylor's narration, it's filled with parasites, charlatans and oddballs. Not to mention a succession of wonderful songs."
‑ Sacha Molitorisz, Sydney Morning Herald
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