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loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
The band that inspired some of the most innovative rock acts of the new millennium reunites to conquer the globe 12 years after calling it quits, and filmmaker Steven Cantor is there to capture all the low-lights and highlights of their tentative reunion in a probing documentary exploring the re-birth of Gen-X alternative giants the Pixies. Plagued by personal problems from the beginning but driven to create such classic albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering smashed convention to deliver a wailing wall of chaotic but catchy riffs that,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin catch distressing and poignant moments on the tour that, if written into a fiction film, would seem too scripted to be true."
‑ Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune
"For fans of the seminal alt-rock quartet, the Pixies' reunion was momentous, but in the solid behind-the-scenes documentary loudQuietloud, the band comes across as considerably more muted in its enthusiasm."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"By night, the Pixies are rock n' roll superheroes...by day, they're just four surly co-workers with very little to say to one another."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"It's this disconnect between their iconic public selves and their rather ordinary actual selves that makes the film so engrossing even for non-fans."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"In between blazing performances, the dead air and silent downtime produce a strong impression that we won't be hearing much from the Pixies in the future."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The 85-minute documentary takes a torpid, fly-on-the-wall approach, providing little context, few insights, and not enough music."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, this backstage pass to their 2004 reunion tour achieves the opposite."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"The Pixies, reunited after 12 years and still in top form."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"It's a lively, charming film, and if it gave us a little more of the band's history, it would be perfect. As it is, it's a perfect introduction to some great songs and fascinating characters."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The concert footage, which is exceptionally well photographed and recorded, offers clips of varying lengths from a wealth of songs. The rest of the film glimpses the stress disorders that can develop when average people with problems become popular."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Watching the movie is not as much fun as listening to the old records."
‑ Will Crain, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is a nice Cinderella story, but here's the problem: It doesn't exactly crackle with drama."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"And if you're a fan of the Pixies' music, that's not such a bad way to spend 90 minutes"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A plangent record of the landmark group's 2004 reunion tour that should dispel any remaining romantic notions about the rock lifestyle."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"This tension combines into a collection of great music, at least for the already initiated."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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