'Under African Skies' Critic Reviews

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  • New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    [It] does an excellent job of recapitulating the controversies surrounding the album's creation without bearing down too heavily on old news, while subtly taking Mr. Simon's side against his critics.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's a pleasant surprise that Under African Skies not only draws attention to the controversy surrounding its subject matter but digs into it a little.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician docus.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    88
    Powered by Paul Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The affection between the musicians and Simon is clear. The portrait that emerges time and again is personal and a reflection of the realities of apartheid.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Meredith Borders Badass Digest
    UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is much smarter and more profound than most music documentaries. It's a powerful, beautifully executed film that entertains, informs and questions.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jason Gorber Twitch
    92
    It's a blissful film, this work by Berlinger and co., a sheer privilege for the viewer to spend such quality time UNDER AFRICAN SKIES.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Sauter Film Journal International
    This absorbing documentary takes an up-close and intimate look at the musicians' creative process, then zooms out to recall the political turmoil that this landmark album left in its wake.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Pfeiffer Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
    59
    Under African Skies takes what could have been a puff piece glossing over the protestations related to Graceland and teaches the controversy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
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  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    84
    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Time Out New York
    60
    Under African Skies is less interested in hagiography than in the moral ambiguities of making art.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kenji Fujishima Slant Magazine
    75
    It does lightly suggest scintillating questions about the responsibility artists have in reflecting current political moments in their music.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christopher Campbell Movies.com
    80
    Berlinger's doc expertly captures the debate of the time and where it's at now, 25 years later.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Noel Murray AV Club
    84
    What's most exciting about Under African Skies is how it engages with whether artists have social and political responsibilities, and if so, what those might entail.
    Full Review » 3 years ago