20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom

The world of backup singers, usually relegated to the shadows, is put under the spotlight in this winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary that examines their role in popular music. Relatively uncelebrated, these performers’ voices are often those providing the hooks we find ourselves singing along to, walking a fine line between displaying their talent and upstaging the stars they sing with. As well as the backup singers themselves, 20 Feet from Stardom features interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Wonder and other industry folk. 

Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2014
2013Rating: M, Offensive language90 minsUSA
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Director Morgan Neville delivers a music documentary to match last year’s superb Searching for Sugar Man. It’s a sizzling and ceaselessly entertaining movie, shining fascinating light on the unsung heroines of the music biz. Weaved against a cracking soundtrack are tales of the almost famous singers behind some of the greatest songs in the pop music canon, such as Darlene Love, (the uncredited voice of The Crystals), and the stupendous Merry Clayton (the female vocalist on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’).

4.0

**********10 Stars for the purest of human beauty!

Absolutely beautiful!!!

5.0

Unknown Stars

Loved this! Entertainment with a message. Great personal stories of the often unknown, but amazing voices, of backing singers, who had all the talent but not the egoes, or perhaps " them breaks" to make it as the BIG ARTISTS. Can these girls sing! Lisa Fischer is a STAR!

4.0

Terrific stuff!

You either like documentaries or you don't. This is a terrific movie taking us into the lives of the unsung heroes (in this case, singing heroines!) of the music industry - the back-up singers. The film holds your interest from go to whoa.

4.0

Star Doco

What a documentary. Loved it. Great stories, great music and awesome singers. Adam your review says it all.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Wages a compelling crusade to get background singers some long-overdue recognition.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Nails the sense of joie de vivre these extraordinary artists put into every note-a tribute to doing it for the love of the expression over stardom that provides incalculable amounts of inspiration.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Generous, fascinating documentary... seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Neville's greatest strength is as a historian, able to sort through a wealth of details to find the pieces he needs to tell one clear, compelling story.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A hit on the festival circuit, affectionately told, Twenty Feet from Stardom is a treat.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

More than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers.

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Director Morgan Neville delivers a music documentary to match last year’s superb Searching for Sugar Man. It’s a sizzling and ceaselessly entertaining movie, shining fascinating light on the unsung heroines of the music biz. Weaved against a cracking soundtrack are tales of the almost famous singers behind some of the greatest songs in the pop music canon, such as Darlene Love, (the uncredited voice of The Crystals), and the stupendous Merry Clayton (the female vocalist on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’).

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Wages a compelling crusade to get background singers some long-overdue recognition.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Nails the sense of joie de vivre these extraordinary artists put into every note-a tribute to doing it for the love of the expression over stardom that provides incalculable amounts of inspiration.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Generous, fascinating documentary... seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Neville's greatest strength is as a historian, able to sort through a wealth of details to find the pieces he needs to tell one clear, compelling story.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A hit on the festival circuit, affectionately told, Twenty Feet from Stardom is a treat.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

More than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers.

**********10 Stars for the purest of human beauty!

Absolutely beautiful!!!

5.0

Unknown Stars

Loved this! Entertainment with a message. Great personal stories of the often unknown, but amazing voices, of backing singers, who had all the talent but not the egoes, or perhaps " them breaks" to make it as the BIG ARTISTS. Can these girls sing! Lisa Fischer is a STAR!

4.0

Terrific stuff!

You either like documentaries or you don't. This is a terrific movie taking us into the lives of the unsung heroes (in this case, singing heroines!) of the music industry - the back-up singers. The film holds your interest from go to whoa.

4.0

Star Doco

What a documentary. Loved it. Great stories, great music and awesome singers. Adam your review says it all.

5.0