Heavy Load
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Ambitious punk outfit Heavy Load isn't like most other bands, because its comprised entirely of musicians with developmental disabilities, including Down's Syndrome. Even so, they're determined to rise above the challenges that face every emerging band and find success on their own terms. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rothwell does a superb job outlining the personalities within the band, and how much they conform, ironically, to well-worn rock-musician clichés."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"The film demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, celebrating the energy, desires and ambitions of its protags."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The only difference is that three of the five have a learning disability - but in this documentary, which is very funny in places, it's not disabilities that define them."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian [UK]
"An engaging documentary."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"There are times when you don't know whether to laugh or cry but Rothwell avoids any charge of patronising them."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Contender for best documentary of the year, Heavy Load contains a classic moment of Spinal Tap-ism as Paul, when Heavy Load is at its lowest ebb, ponders why Michael says he hates him."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"It's a shade too earnest for comfort, but there's a tribal exhilaration about the band's brave and tuneless journey from a grubby pub to their first festival."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"But director Jerry Rothwell ruins all that by stealing the limelight with his annoying self-analysis and philosophising."
‑ , Sun Online
"This is intriguing, though it gives Rothwell another excuse to appear on camera, which he does with irritating frequency."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"The music's so-so, the film is decent if limited but the band themselves are inspiring."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
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