The Sparks Brothers

The Sparks Brothers

The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) directs this documentary on Ron and Russell Mael, creators of legendary rock-pop band Sparks, and how they became known as "your favourite band's favourite band."

2021Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references141 minsUSA, UK
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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

With his charismatic (if exhaustive and relentlessly chronological) debut documentary, (Wright) makes a case that Sparks is the best band we've never heard of.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Both exhaustive and exhausting...

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The New York Times

The New 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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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

The Sparks Brothers zips along at such a breezy, informational pace that you notice its length only in the final stretch...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

At its best, The Sparks Brothers courses with the energy of one of your smartest friends talking your ear off about their favorite band.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

While The Sparks Brothers may be a bit too exhaustive for those merely seeking an introduction to the band, longtime fans will be thrilled by the deluxe treatment.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It's so fun and thrilling to watch the movies finally love them back.

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Total Film

Total Film

Wright's film is guaranteed to, ahem, spark joy.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Edgar Wright delivers a deliciously infectious, suitably absurdist ode to his unsung musical heroes.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Wright knows some people won't want to watch a long documentary about a band they've never heard of, so he's sure to keep it funny and alive at every possible turn.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

You'll hope this won't be the last time that Edgar Wright feels compelled to give us a deep dive into one of his favorite musical acts.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Funny, heartwarming, and thorough documentation of Sparks' career.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

The Sparks Brothers runs a whopping two hours and 15 minutes, though it feels as fleet as a three-minute pop song.

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Time Out

Time Out

Edgar Wright's sheer enthusiasm means that the two and half hours doesn't feel excessive at all...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A mighty convincing recommendation to start listening to Sparks.

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