Great World of Sound
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Martin answers an ad to train as a record producer, where he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists. The company, called Great World of Sound, partners shy, unassuming Martin with the gregarious Clarence and sends them on the road, visiting southern towns where the company has placed newspaper ads and turning motels into makeshift audition studios. Though an unlikely duo, they sign more acts than anyone else at the company. But when Martin takes a special interest in a young girl's "New National Anthem," putting up his own money and following her progress,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zobel ultimately comes down on the side of the suckers, whose need to make music -- even bad music -- gives them an unimpeachable dignity"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If there's justice it should move plenty of viewers-those aching to see a recognizable conscience behind our fashionable American idolatry."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Craig Zobel's soul-crushing docudrama slums in the real rags-to-rags tragedy of the lowest rung of the music industry."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"It's evident early on that this is a scam, though the extent of the movie's con is surprising."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"The pros and cons of the film are in direct proportion to the personalities of the two main characters, whose relationship is the story's anchor."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A confident, sure-handed exercise focusing on the American Dream, turned nightmare."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The laughs flow."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Great World of Sound is a corrosive antidote to "American Idol.""
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"Displays all the trademarks of a true indie effort, especially in its refusal to sentimentalize either the characters or their situations."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Director Craig Zobel and co-writer George Smith imbue our two misfits with plenty of character depth and an intriguing camaraderie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Anyone who has enjoyed laughing at the bad singers auditioning on American Idol, consider the independent film Great World of Sound your penance."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"A quiet, clever and sometimes moving film about an unusual grifting lifestyle."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The film's agenda becomes clear so early that the middle hour or so seems to be marking time until we get to the end."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Everybody's got a song to sing, and we'll all believe exactly what we want for just as long as we can."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Great World of Sound exposes the scams of so-called talent scouts who fleece gullible songwriters answering their misleading advertisements."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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