MC5: A True Testimonial
MC5: A True Testimonial (2002)

While the late '60s were an era which produced a large number of eclectic and influential rock & roll bands, few were as revolutionary in both their music and there message as the MC5. Formed in late 1964 by five high-school buddies… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Though raw and sometimes slapdash, MC5: A True Testimonial goes a long way in explaining why that happened, most notably through the raw power of the band's music and the fiery passion that was bound with its image.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

A riveting, all-elbows- and-knuckles documentary about the proto-punk warriors known as the MC5.

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Cole Smithey

...captures the gritty charisma of Detroit as it informed the quirky and colorful personalities of a band that many fans still remember today.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Like the band itself, the movie is loud and noisy and undeniably eye-catching. But like them, too, it fatally can't see beyond the immediate to realize there's a better way of making its point then simply shouting louder than anyone else.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A vivid evocation of a moment when even the ugliest guitar feedback could be taken as a serious political statement.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The flick is pretty straight forward and somewhat boring, but it's nice to see the attempt.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

MC5: A True Testimonial should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, 'Kick Out the Jams.'

Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

Bassist Michael Davis, way Lynchian on his desert land, and drummer Dennis Thompson, who brandishes a rifle at one point, provide jolts of pathos and aggression that remind us these were never art-school pretenders to the skids.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Never less than fascinating.

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