Not all the interviewees are equally interesting, and an audience unfamiliar with the hits and stars may get antsy during some of the reminiscing. But Mr. Shabazz conveys a love of the music and its culture.
Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Long on people speaking and comedic reminiscence, 'The Story of Lover's Rock' is short on sustained complete performance-examples.
Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
The Story of Lovers Rock, an unapologetically single-minded appeal for the legacy of this music, is amateurish but appealingly shaggy.
Kam Williams, AALBC.com
You can add The Story of Lovers Rock to the short list of must-see, politically-tinged documentaries which shed light on the cultural roots of a lesser-known musical genre, ala Calypso Dreams and Buena Vista Social Club.
Derek Malcolm, This is London
It's the music that matters, and that is put on the screen with real skill and affection.
Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
There's a lot of misty-eyed nostalgia in this tribute to the forgotten 70s subgenre of 'lover's rock', but sadly not much archive footage.