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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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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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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

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.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Everett Johnson
Some stories are so crazy, that knowing it is real is even crazier. "Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary about a little known singer named… More