Searching for Sugar Man
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Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of "Searching for Sugar Man" will not soon slip away."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"[Rodriguez] is a highly unusual and fascinating human being, and Searching for Sugar Man is a very interesting look at his life, his music, and the strange, fickle nature of fame."
‑ Ezra Stead,
"'Searching For Sugar Man' simply shouts out for celebration!"
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"As a documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man" falls short, but as an enormously satisfying feel-good story it hits the mark."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"There's no arguing this is a remarkable story, and director Malik Bendjelloul tells it beautifully, creating a powerful sense of mystery and discovery even when we're tipped off to how the story ends."
‑ Mark Deming, TV Guide's Movie Guide
""Searching for Sugar Man" is a valentine to every artist who feels like he toils away in obscurity, unsure of or unaware of the impact he might make on the world."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"[A] moving, lyrical account ..."
‑ Ken Marks, New Yorker
"You watch "Searching for Sugar Man" at first fascinated by the mystery - what happened to Rodriguez? Where did he go? Then you become infuriated by its revelations of financial injustice."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"You can still enjoy the film. I did, but it's nothing more than a fairy tale."
‑ Mark Aitken, Electric Sheep
"A nimble and engaging documentary, less about a man than about a myth -- and about the experience of loving an under-loved artist."
‑ Jon Frosch, France24
"This story has an uplifting arc that suggests this isn't the last we'll hear of this forgotten hero of pop."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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