Sound It Out
Sound It Out (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Adams
Globe and Mail

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.

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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times

Ms. Finlay's smartly assembled film is an affectionate portrait of a shrinking group of record collectors under technological siege.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

For a seemingly naive film, it is amazing how well it works.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Finlay's handheld style is as casually intimate as her subjects, and the film stirringly posits music as a path to communal bliss.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

A cheap and cheerful documentary about a properly endangered species: the record shop.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful.

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