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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 34
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Ms. Hanna and her message of empowerment are disappointingly translated very nearly into a cult of personality in this film's idolizing portrayal.
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.
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.
Fresh: Doc offers revelations alongside an invigorating recap of Hanna's influential career.
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!
I admire her so much. She had so much courage and determination. I admire her confidence. I love RIOT GRRRL and this is OFFICIALLY my favorite movie. WATCH IT AND BE INSPIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!