The Story of Lovers Rock
The Story of Lovers Rock (2011)

A documentary about the late '70s musical style developed in the U.K. that fused reggae with American soul to produce a new sound that ended up launching such well known acts as Maxi Priest and UB40.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 30, 2011
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Not all the interviewees are equally interesting, and an audience unfamiliar with the hits and stars may get antsy during some of the reminiscing. But Mr. Shabazz conveys a love of the music and its culture.

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Kam Williams

You can add The Story of Lovers Rock to the short list of must-see, politically-tinged documentaries which shed light on the cultural roots of a lesser-known musical genre, ala Calypso Dreams and Buena Vista Social Club.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Long on people speaking and comedic reminiscence, 'The Story of Lover's Rock' is short on sustained complete performance-examples.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It's the music that matters, and that is put on the screen with real skill and affection.

Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The Story of Lovers Rock, an unapologetically single-minded appeal for the legacy of this music, is amateurish but appealingly shaggy.

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Andrew Pulver

There's a lot of misty-eyed nostalgia in this tribute to the forgotten 70s subgenre of 'lover's rock', but sadly not much archive footage.

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