Reviews: Summer of Soul (2021)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Roots front man’s DJ experience comes into play as he finds exactly the right moments to drop the needle, performances…enriched with defining anecdotes working as mini-bios, the breaks between acts fueled with backstage stories.
  • Candice Frederick @ TheGrio
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Harlem Cultural Festival was a musical revolution in 1969. Now it CAN be televised….for the first time in over 50 years.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: When you see who showed up, the show they put on, and the musical communion shared by an entire, frustrated section of New York City, you will understand why they skipped the moon landing.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: I can’t imagine any music fan not being mesmerized by the powerful, jubilant performances contained in the film.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Questlove creates a toe-tapping and revolutionary documentary that’ll have audiences foaming at the mouth for more. The lineup of talent is simply insane, the performances eye-popping, the talking-head commentary on Black culture and music’s place within it is poignant and relevant today without stopping the contagious upbeat energy. An absolute must-see.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ The Forgetful Film Critic
    • Excerpt: Summer of Soul is just about everything you could want in a music documentary. It’s a rollicking good time, the musical performances are electric, and director Questlove dives deep into the times and culture that made the festival he’s covering what it was.