CBGB (2013)

SYNOPSIS: CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for "country, bluegrass and blues" (thus… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Foundas

The music rocks, but little else does, in Randall Miller's sitcom snapshot of New York's iconic punk incubator.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

If you really want to remember those times? Get out "Horses." Or "Talking Heads: 77." Or "Blank Generation." Preferably on vinyl, with all the pops and scratches. And play them. Loud.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

There's a lot of information presented in the film; I only wish that it had been more engaging as it should have been.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

I would swear on a stack of Dead Boys T-shirts and a first pressing of Richard Hell and the Voidoids' "Blank Generation" that it could not possibly have been like that: so silly, so trivial, so boring.

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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage

With nonexistent character depth, abysmal storytelling, and an aesthetic gimmick that hurts the film far more than it helps, all CBGB only benefits from a killer soundtrack.

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Christy Lemire

"CBGB" ain't no party, it ain't no disco, it ain't no foolin' around.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

In place of punk's howling rage, you get gross-out jokes that include at least a half-dozen close-ups of the poop from Kristal's bowel-challenged dog.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

You figure a movie that features the Ramones and Blondie would be so extraordinary and energetic, but "CBGB" makes them seem so mundane and unimportant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom. Very Good Film! The story, the texture, the music all lifted me into a different world. The cuts between this punk… More
Cameron Johnson
"Rock of Ages: Before the Glam"! No, people, this type of film is quite a ways away from being something like "Rock of Ages", but the idea… More
MisterYoda ?
four stars...
Sol C
The film was a disappointment. I thought from the trailer that the film would be good, but I was wrong. I didn't like the style of the film. The style… More