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Mistaken for Strangers

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Tom Berninger

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About the Movie

Hailed by Michael Moore as "One of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen." and by Pitchfork as "The funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 58
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Mistaken for Strangers" is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Mar 27, 2014

Fresh: The finest rock doc since Anvil: The Story of Anvil. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 4, 2014

Fresh: For all their obvious differences, the bond between affable Tom and laser-intense Matt reveals itself in ways both subtle and profound. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Apr 3, 2014

Fresh: Alternately hilarious, cringe-inducing, inspiring, depressing, stupid and profoundly intelligent. – Chris Talbott, Associated Press, Apr 3, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Uh huh

I know this is an “early” release. But 9.99 to rent?! Get a grip iTunes.


Rated 1 star as it’s $10 to rent! Not cool Apple… Not cool.. You can BUY it for $14.99 on The National’s website.


No real direction. Kind of a hodgepodge of amateur-ishly collected stuff that seems to try and tie in the connection of brotherhood, (A theme not explored with the other 2 sets of brothers that make up The National). Comes off as a vanity project from the younger brother - who spends most of the film totally rudderless.

Mistaken for Strangers
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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