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Searching for Sugar Man

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Malik Bendjelloul

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About the Movie

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez’s sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 122
  • Fresh: 115
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [A] moving, lyrical account ... – Ken Marks, New Yorker, Sep 17, 2012

Fresh: At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 7, 2013

Fresh: A rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 9, 2012

Fresh: The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff. – John Anderson, Newsday, Sep 21, 2012

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Customer Reviews

The Best Documentary in Years

THE must-see documentary of 2012.

It explores the profound influence a relatively obscure artist had on a generation thousands of miles away and their search for him in a time before the world was connected through the internet.

It's an absolutely enthralling documentary that I've recommended to all of my friends.

Do yourself a favor and don't do any background research on this documentary before you watch, it could mess up the storyline as it unfolds in the movie.

Searching For Sugar Man

Terrific story and well told, I was able to see this film recently while in Cape Town- I had never heard of this artist or his music yet the people around me in the audience all knew the songs by heart and were singing along; amazing experience.

An absolute must see

Best documentary I've ever seen and easily slips into my top 5 films of all time. This man is a lost legend who deserves recognition for his musical genius!

Searching for Sugar Man
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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