20 Feet From Stardom
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 14, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers.

Jim Farber
New York Daily News

It's that versatility that defines these singers, the ability to make following seem as important as leading.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie takes its cues from Standing in the Shadows of Motown, another act of pop-culture revisionism that tried to give musical credit where it was due.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Artists including Mick Jagger talk about their backing singers -- and the soundtrack is, of course, heavenly.

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Dave Hoekstra
Chicago Sun-Times

The documentary tells similarly poignant stories in a fast-paced 91 minutes through interviews, contemporary concert footage and great archival stuff.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit's overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it.

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Craig D. Lindsey

Joyous, uplifting, melancholy and nostalgic, Twenty Feet From Stardom is a stunning salute to the singers who stay in the background, but whose talents can never be contained there.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

As long as you're hearing the singing and stories of Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, and the great Darlene Love, you can bliss out on their passion.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

You may never hear the Rolling Stones's Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger's and Clayton's separate accounts of the recording of the song.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

While there are moments in the film awkwardly placed to achieve moments of pensiveness from the talent, what it does well is offers a point of view where there wasn't before.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An interesting and occasionally poignant insight into the work of these talented artists unfairly neglected in the background of fame, even if the rather clumsy… More
Alex roy
20 Feet From Stardom is a terrific documentary on backup singers that have sung with some of music's greatest artists. This film features terrific… More
Tony Gandía
Entertaining look at the world of backup singers, "20 Feet From Stardom" is a treat. The best moments are when the performers' faces are in full… More
Greg S
Backup singers, many of whom are far more vocally talented then the singers they are supporting, get their turn in the spotlight in this documentary. The… More
KJ Proulx
Following the lives of background singers of famous artists from the past, "20 Feet From Stardom" is a very inspirational documentary that tells you… More
Mark Hobin
I always instinctively assume that the background vocals belong to the group/entourage associated with the artist on the single. But in many instances they are… More