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Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. Sound It Out is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England. A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, Sound It Out documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives. High Fidelity with a Northern Accent. --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"As Tolstoy might have put it, "good record stores are all alike," whatever their size or stock or the number of tattoos sported by their customers."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"Ms. Finlay's smartly assembled film is an affectionate portrait of a shrinking group of record collectors under technological siege."
‑ Daniel M. Gold, New York Times
"For a seemingly naive film, it is amazing how well it works."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Sound It Out is content to exist as a modest portrait of a store that offers not only largely obsolete collectors' items, but also the resolute glimmer of human contact."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Finlay takes a gentle approach with her subjects, letting their passion - and hers - guide the doc, which was crowd-source funded by more than 250 donors."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Finlay's handheld style is as casually intimate as her subjects, and the film stirringly posits music as a path to communal bliss."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"A cheap and cheerful documentary about a properly endangered species: the record shop."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Sound It Out isn't just good, it's important, as a chronicle of everything we lose when the music industry decamps to the Internet."
‑ Matt Singer,
"Sound It Out is the name of the last independent record shop in Teeside, and this dinky, bittersweet film offers a profile of its chipper staff and endearingly oddball clientele."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"It's a delightful, real-life version of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity, a song of love, sadness and mortality with everyone involved doing it their way as they face the vinyl curtain."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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