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Director Susan Dynner traces punk-rock from its underground beginnings through its eventual mainstream acceptance in an attempt to prove the case stated in the title. Featuring interviews with such punk luminaries as Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra, Punk's Not Dead screened at the 2007 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Even the title sounds like a hardheaded comeback to a proclamation nobody made."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The movie covers a lot of time and territory, and some of its questions are great ones. (The biggest, for true punks: Is getting a big record deal a sign of ultimate success, or final defeat?)"
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Punk's Not Dead is more than a nostalgia trip. Rather than just capturing what punk sounds like, Dynner shows us what it feels like, what punk really means -- present tense."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A documentary for the thinking mosher."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Punk might not be dead, but it sure has seen better days."
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Filmmaker Susan Dynner finally turns in the punk music documentary we all deserve, and one that punks can finally relate to."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Director Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead is an ambitious documentary that seeks out to portray exactly the idea expressed in its title."
‑ Ryan Cooper, About.com
"This film has an absolutely stellar cast of interviewees, so if you like punk music you'll be in hog heaven watching it, I guarantee you."
‑ Graham Rae, Film Threat
"Poor punk. Such a bundle of complexes, most of them encapsulated in the needlessly defensive title of Susan Dynner's documentary Punk's Not Dead."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Play this movie loud. Really loud."
‑ David Fear, Time Out
"Dynner delights in presenting a wealth of contrasting testimonies, and has no intention of delivering a judgment on any of it."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's a hell of an accomplishment to make a kinetic, hard-driving and visually arresting talking-heads documentary."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Whether you're a kid with a fresh coat of shellac on your Mohawk or an aging hipster still clinging to the Johnny Rotten school of snot, it's a film that enlightens the debate and demonstrates without a doubt that when punk disappears, it never truly dies"
‑ Brian Orndorf, FilmJerk.com
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