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The Punk Singer

  Unrated HD Closed Captioning

Sini Anderson

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Plot Summary

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This exciting assemblage of archival and interview materials recalls the considerable influence (and sometime public trivialization) of the 1990s riot grrrl movement while showcasing the role of its co-founder and most charismatic leader. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 28, 2013

Fresh: Fascinatingly traces the evolution of a woman who once sang, "I'm your worst nightmare come to life" in her youth, was hated at a formative age for all the wrong reasons and now has forged a quiet but committed existence as an ailing revolutionary. – Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times, Nov 28, 2013

Fresh: Extensive interviews with Hanna then and now are included, along with band mates, friends, mentors and several different critics and journalists. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Nov 28, 2013

Fresh: At its best, The Punk Singer tells the story of one pivotal life in a whole movement. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Nov 28, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Best documentary of 2013

Just when I thought I couldn't love Kathleen Hanna and everything she has worked for any more, Sini Anderson puts out this brillant documentary.

Sini Anderson does Kathleen Hanna justice!

Kathleen Hanna's music, art and activism has had a profound impact on my life for the past 20 years and I am so glad someone FINALLY made a movie about her! Sini Anderson does a great job with this movie! I didn't know it was possible to love Kathleen anymore than I already did!

If you have daughters watch this it might help!

Wow a super cool girl! Super cool person! Kathleen Hanna I will find some of your music and I'm sure for me there will a couple jems.

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