The Punk Singer
The Punk Singer (2013)

Lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement of the '90s. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It verges on hagiography, but given the deeply compelling nature of its subject's story, The Punk Singer can be forgiven its lack of objectivity.

Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

It's the music, though, including a wealth of galvanic performance footage from the Bikinis, particularly, that really makes this worth seeing. It's killer stuff indeed.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie succeeds as a punk chronicle by focusing on a true believer who was lionized by many but who turned out to be only human.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment - as the best rock documentaries are.

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Marsha McCreadie
RogerEbert.com

It is not the most subtly layered documentary I've ever seen, but these days it's no longer verboten to take a stance in docs. And there is so much to be admired about Hanna.

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Jeff Albertson
Seattle Times

"The Punk Singer" is a revealing look at Hanna's life, who throughout the film is willing to speak out about her struggles and triumphs in an open and honest way.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The Punk Singer is as much a document of Kathleen Hanna's career as it is a public explanation for the truth behind her early retirement.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The way Hanna burst onto the scene is just as interesting as how she faded from it.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Where are the riot-grrrls of today? Take your daughters to the movie, then ask them.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The Punk Singer works ... as an eye-witness account of an important movement in feminist art; it's a film as vibrant and as vital as [Hanna's] music.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
It's no wonder that Kathleen Hanna has an entire documentary focused around her. Between her turn as lead singer of the riot grrl punk band "Bikini… More
c0up  
'The Punk Singer'. Kathleen Hanna, what an important and powerful voice! A "force" indeed. Thank you for bringing her life, struggles and… More
John Ballantine
A charming bit of documentary on Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill, both of whom I had not encountered previously.