The Sparks Brothers

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Their albums may be cult favorites, but this Edgar Wright-directed documentary offers an introduction to The Sparks Brothers that has something for everyone.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Director Edgar Wright's documentary thoroughly recounts the siblings' 50-year career with help from admiring musicians and famous fans.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    Disappointing might be a better word for it; one might have hoped that, when time came for Sparks to get their due, the treatment would better reflect the band's singularity.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    Wright's debut documentary may seem a shift from his long career of modern screwball comedy, but he's almost accidentally perfect, channeling his own obsession with the understatedly quirky band into a pitch-perfect examination.
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    Noel MurrayPolygon
    This film goes the distance with Sparks, spending almost as much time on the obscure later albums as the bestsellers.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    Wright, the virtuoso director of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Baby Driver," among others, and an ace soundtrack assembler, is uniquely suited to make this tribute.
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    Brandon TownsRogerEbert.com
    Never I have seen a documentary as fun as Wright's The Sparks Brothers, which is thrilling from beginning to end.
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    Dan ScullyPhindie
    A poignant ode to family, and the power of making art for art's sake.
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    John UrbancichJMuvies
    Actor/comedians are among their legions of admirers, as Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen and more testify. So do members of various bigger-name bands, most notably the biggest-of-all Beatles.
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    Patrick McDonaldHollywoodChicago.com
    Hard to fathom the SPARKS underground influence, but after seeing this doc I hear them in all current pop music. Their look! Their sound! Their humor! A must see extravaganza
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    ...being as thin as it is, The Sparks Brothers is overlong at two hours and twenty minutes.
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