Muscle Shoals
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MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. (C) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hall's backstory, riddled with tragedy, gets the proper attention and respect here. But it's the music that won't let you stop watching."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Camalier's tuneful if somewhat overlong anecdotal history does the most justice to the Muscle Shoals sound just by listening to it."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Camalier makes an excellent job of combining talking-head interviews with music, anecdotes and folklore."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Though Muscle Shoals can seem a little conventional, you could never say the same thing of its soundtrack"
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"The movie is more a collection of cool people telling great stories than it is a structured documentary (despite Camalier's attempts in that direction). But in this case, that's enough."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Retrospective rockumentary deconstructs the secret of a legendary Alabama music studio's success."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"An extraordinary story of singers, songwriters, musicians, producers and, most of all, two recording studios in a small Southern city."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Supremely enjoyable, Muscle Shoals doesn't add much to the record, but it will probably induce you to flip through your collection for a few to spin."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ..."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"It is amazing to see how this style and sound came to fruition as it changed the careers of artists like Aretha Franklin and created some of the most memorable albums and songs from artists like Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and [more]."
‑ Allison Loring, Film School Rejects
"A bit lengthy but packed with great music, this is a solid documentary that musicians and fans of soul music will likely enjoy."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Emotionally moving but messy, it survives thanks to its superb songs, great cinematography and insightful anecdotes - in spite of its lack of a satisfactory conclusion."
‑ Cameron Meier, Orlando Weekly
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