Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals (2013)

MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 27, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Essential for soul fans and entertaining for novices, Muscle Shoals offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse at one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News

Hall's backstory, riddled with tragedy, gets the proper attention and respect here. But it's the music that won't let you stop watching.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Camalier's tuneful if somewhat overlong anecdotal history does the most justice to the Muscle Shoals sound just by listening to it.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The movie is more a collection of cool people telling great stories than it is a structured documentary (despite Camalier's attempts in that direction). But in this case, that's enough.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

Retrospective rockumentary deconstructs the secret of a legendary Alabama music studio's success.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ...

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Dennis Harvey

Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history.

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Allison Loring
Film School Rejects

It is amazing to see how this style and sound came to fruition as it changed the careers of artists like Aretha Franklin and created some of the most memorable albums and songs from artists like Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and [more].

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Documentary explaining how two studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama became hit factories, supplying us with number one singles from Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin,… More
John Ballantine
There have been a tremendous amount of music documentaries created over the last five years and Muscle Shoals adds to that memorable list. Here deep in Alabama,… More