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Searching For Sugar Man (12A)

Searching For Sugar Man (12A)


Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

The critical consensus

The tale is better than the telling – and the soundtrack’s better still – but music this monumental demands its moment. Now go and buy the album.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 16/07/2012

What follows is a story as heart-warming as it is genuine, as the humble Rodriguez gets his long overdue recognition on a triumphant return to South Africa.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 17/07/2012

Although we learn more about Rodriguez, some questions about the artist and his family hang in the air after the credits roll. Nevertheless, this is a remarkable tribute to uncompromising talent and fiercely devoted fandom.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/07/2012

The film picks up the quest of two fans as they set out to find out how he really died. What they unearth is a bizarre story, one that is more mundane than the legend but also more magical and enduring.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 26/07/2012

While one has the nagging sense that there are other layers of the tale yet to be uncovered, and Rodriguez's music, a little bit Dylan, very 1970s, isn't quite the revelation one expects, this is a highly satisfying watch.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 26/07/2012

An absorbing and uplifting doc that rivals Catfish for sheer stranger-than-fiction thrills. Great soundtrack, too.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 26/07/2012

This movie might itself make a modest contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/07/2012

One of the most uplifting documentaries in recent memory.

****(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 26/07/2012

The film will probably sink without trace in the multiplexes but it’s sure to endure as a word-of-mouth hit, much like the man himself.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 26/07/2012

Strange story of a rocker's return hits the sweet spot.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/07/2012

Music fans will love this indie documentary. Try to avoid Googling him before you watch, though.

****(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 27/07/2012

Not a lost Dylan, as claimed; maybe a surrogate Gordon Lightfoot or Al Stewart. Still, it's an amazing story, with an admirably modest hero.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 29/07/2012

It may fiddle with the facts, but this documentary on the hunt for a long-lost 70s music legend offers a brilliant insight into the nature of fame.

Philip French, The Observer, 29/07/2012

Features about Searching For Sugar Man (12A)

Sixto Rodriguez: 'It's a typical rags-to-riches story'

Killan Fox, The Observer, 15/07/2012

Director Malik Bendjelloul discusses Searching for Sugar Man

James Mottram, The List, 17/07/2012

Film preview--Searching for Sugar Man

Phyllis Stephen, The Edinburgh Reporter, 19/07/2012

Malik Bendjelloul & Rodriguez

Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies, 23/07/2012

Sixto Rodriguez: The builder who's bigger than Elvis

Kaleem Aftab, The Independent, 24/07/2012

Discovering 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

BBC, 26/07/2012

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday August 10, 2012, until Thursday August 16, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday August 17, 2012, until Thursday August 30, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday August 17, 2012, until Thursday August 23, 2012. More info:

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday August 31, 2012, until Thursday September 6, 2012. More info:

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