How to Grow a Band
How to Grow a Band (2012)

In How to Grow a Band, 26-year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on "indefinite hiatus." But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who's defied… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 2012
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Mr. Meatto's framing tends to catch the musicians' give-and-take, merging and dueling notes onstage, especially at a Manhattan concert that is the film's highlight.

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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice

A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.

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Nora Lee Mandel

[H]as a promising story to follow [but] disappointing, either as an introduction to progressive bluegrass or for longtime Thile fans.

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Joe Leydon

How to Grow a Band is most fascinating as it tactfully charts the sort of artistic and philosophical differences that can eventually undermine any group endeavor, even among seemingly like-minded collaborators.

Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

There are are scenes in Mark Meatto's documentary, How to Grow a Band, about the progressive bluegrass band, Punch Brothers, that seem to be straight out of Almost Famous.

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Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

In the end, you come away knowing almost as little about Chris Thile and his music as when the film started...misses its chance to enlighten, choosing instead to promote.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.

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Joan Radell
Paste Magazine

Mark Meatto's How To Grow A Band is masterful filmmaking that takes the audience where they need to go.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Fans of the progressive-bluegrass prodigy Chris Thile will enjoy this look at his stripped-down struggles to introduce audiences to his new avant-garde fusion of bluegrass and classical.

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