Hype! (1996)

Doug Pray's entertaining and opinionated documentary on the Seattle music scene takes the (admittedly unusual) position that the Grunge Explosion of the mid-1990s was the worst thing to happen to rock music in the Pacific Northwest.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it.

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Tom Moon
Philadelphia Inquirer

Between these lulls is a compact, interesting chronicle of an extraordinarily fertile local music community and what happens when its talent becomes a worldwide commodity overnight.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

An edifying, enjoyable and ultimately light-hearted look at the way that things have always gone.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Hype! is a smart look at an important musical event that featured a lot of great music almost as a by-product.

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Jennie Yabroff

Hype wants you to think that a few interviews with some less popular bands and some poorly shot concert footage lend the film an insider legitimacy and credibility that excuse it from the same accountability it demands from other media.

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TV Guide

Four years ago, Seattle was where the home of the Space Needle. Now it's a rock 'n' roll mecca: You may ask yourself -- how did we get here? And filmmaker Doug Pray has an answer.

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Jim Farber
New York Daily News

The film makers themselves don't seem to understand the deep cultural resonances created by this hype. Worse, they endorse the selfishness of the Seattle-ites who, apparently, want all this good stuff for themselves.

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Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune

The movie depicts a Seattle that is a good deal more complex -- and fun -- than the one that survives in most media overviews, a welcome antidote to woe-is-Kurt nostalgia.

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Jamie Healy
Radio Times

While the seemingly endless procession of obscure bands does get a bit wearisome, it does at least mean this isn't the Kurt Cobain-skewed, cash-in feature you might expect.

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Ping Chu
I'm on a rock doc kick at the moment and it's been about a decade since I watched this film. We used to watch this film all the time in high school.… More
Mike T.
Required viewing for fans of grunge music, this is just an extremely well-made documentary. Filled with candid, insightful interviews and incredible music,… More
Tobias Ximénez
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