Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Kerthy Fix & Gail O'Hara
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Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as "the Cole Porter of his generation" for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" explores his friendship with his longtime bandmate and manager Claudia Gonson. Through his recording and songwriting process, the film traces a 20-year career that has yielded one of the most engaging bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 29
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If you respond to the morose grandeur of Mr. Merritt's music or are drawn to his downtown gay-bard persona -- owlish yet waspish -- then it's likely that you'll be engrossed by this documentary.
Fresh: A laconic, noodling documentary, Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields pecks gently at that shell but makes little effort to get underneath.
Fresh: Clearly, the directors have to be Merritt advocates to hang in there that long, but the film that resulted has elements that keep it from being simply a fan's notes.
Rotten: This portrait of the famed indie rock composer-musician is for fans only.