Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fascinating portrait of a forgotten musical pioneer, Searching for Sugar Man is by turns informative and mysterious.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of "Searching for Sugar Man" will not soon slip away.

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Rafael Paz
Butaca Ancha

An emotional fairy tale that doesn't fall into the melodramatic. [Full review in Spanish]

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John Anderson

The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery.

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

A first-rate doc about the unsung Latino Bob Dylan who brought the spirit of American civil rights and Vietnam War anti-establishment protests to South Africa's fight against apartheid.

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Ken Marks
New Yorker

[A] moving, lyrical account ...

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You watch "Searching for Sugar Man" at first fascinated by the mystery - what happened to Rodriguez? Where did he go? Then you become infuriated by its revelations of financial injustice.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

So lightweight and underdeveloped, you leave the theatre feeling like they still haven't found him yet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Quiet but heartwarming documentary about an American folk musician of the 1970s who was later believed to be dead in South Africa, the only country he had a… More
familiar stranger
Maybe a must watch for the hardcore fans of Sixto Rodriguez, but to me (never heard the guy's name before; gave it a shot simply because the documentary… More
Carlos Magalhães
A surprising and extremely moving documentary that begins as a fascinating mystery and then grows to become a revealing true story about a star who never was… More
Reid Volk
This film unfortunately suffered from the hype machine. Had I stumbled upon this documentary while scanning for late night entertainment, then I admit I would… More
Dan Schultz
A riveting, incredible documentary about the talented musician Rodriguez and how, after two hit albums in the 1970's, disappeared seemingly into thin air.… More
Jason Spencer
A well shot and produced doc with a fascinating story. It's hard to wrap your mind around something like this story playing out when we've lived so… More