The Punk Singer
The Punk Singer (2013)

Lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement of the '90s. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It verges on hagiography, but given the deeply compelling nature of its subject's story, The Punk Singer can be forgiven its lack of objectivity.

Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

It's the music, though, including a wealth of galvanic performance footage from the Bikinis, particularly, that really makes this worth seeing. It's killer stuff indeed.

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Jeff Albertson
Seattle Times

"The Punk Singer" is a revealing look at Hanna's life, who throughout the film is willing to speak out about her struggles and triumphs in an open and honest way.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The Punk Singer works ... as an eye-witness account of an important movement in feminist art; it's a film as vibrant and as vital as [Hanna's] music.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The way Hanna burst onto the scene is just as interesting as how she faded from it.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Where are the riot-grrrls of today? Take your daughters to the movie, then ask them.

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Michael Leader

This hagiographic ode to the quintessential 90s riot grrrl is by no means definitive, but there's a welcome rallying cry to all wannabe revolutionary rockers hidden within the bio-doc blather.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie succeeds as a punk chronicle by focusing on a true believer who was lionized by many but who turned out to be only human.

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Ella Taylor

At its best, The Punk Singer tells the story of one pivotal life in a whole movement.

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Landon Palmer

...perhaps there is an inherent contradiction in attempting to capture a democratizing movement through an individual figure, as rocktastic and badass as that figure might be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
It's no wonder that Kathleen Hanna has an entire documentary focused around her. Between her turn as lead singer of the riot grrl punk band "Bikini… More
'The Punk Singer'. Kathleen Hanna, what an important and powerful voice! A "force" indeed. Thank you for bringing her life, struggles and… More
John Ballantine
A charming bit of documentary on Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill, both of whom I had not encountered previously.