Sound City
Sound City (2013)

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret: Sound City. America's greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2014
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Consensus: Smart, affectionate, and unabashedly sincere, Sound City pairs a great soundtrack with a well-argued ode to one of rock 'n' roll's most fondly remembered bygone eras.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

In Sound City, a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again.

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John Anderson

A cocky, affectionate and very musical documentary that may make its central point a few times too often.

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Britt Hayes

While there's an abundance of information and stories to be told, Sound City at times becomes almost as idle as its aging idols.

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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly

Dave Grohl's terrific new doc, Sound City, profiles the studio where some of the greatest music of the past four decades was born.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

In his directing debut, Dave Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

[Grohl] has great fun sweeping through the historic parade of latter-day rock royalty whose hit records came out of the place.

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Charles Cross
Seattle Times

A joyous ode to a lost era of music making that will delight music buffs and those who appreciate a well-done documentary.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Even if you don't know what [Grohl's] talking about when he says a room gives "great decay," or when somebody else extols "24-track sensibility," the passion of this project really pops right out of the groove.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Sound City is a fun ride for diehard fans of most any brand of rock and roll.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
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An intimate look at one of the most storied recording studios ever in Los Angeles, CA, a place of magic and luck that appeared to be nothing more than a dump,… More
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Alex roy
Dave Grohl's directorial debut is a phenomenal documentary about the legendary Sound City Studios, a studio where some of the most legendary records in… More
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