"It's an affectionate, uplifting film, with testimony from everyone from Aretha and Sledge to Bono and Alicia Keys. It offers a slice of American popular history which, along with the stories of Motown and Stax Records, pretty much cover the rise of soul music in America. It's a true treat."
"But the documentary’s real highlights are the musings of the musicians who recorded there. Performers including Bono, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff and Steve Winwood reflect on what made the town "magic," as Bono puts it. Artists were not only prolific in Colbert County, but their recordings were often infused with a recognizable sound Camalier describes as a "funky, soulful, propulsive kind of groove."
"THE NEXT MUST SEE DOC. A staple for Soul fans alongside Standing in the Shadows of Motown."
"MUSIC LOVERS WILL GET PLENTY OF THRILLS hearing first-hand accounts of how such classic tracks as Aretha’s ‘Respect’ and the Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’ were created."
"A triumph, a stunning, soulful achievement. A must-see for even the most casual of music fans, so chock full of moments of grace and beauty that even the most jaded can still properly fall in love with it."
". Propelled by gorgeous music and rich anecdotes, it’s joyous, uplifting, and as funky as the music at its heart."
"Invigorating. A sumptuously assembled, comprehensive film about music that changed lives."
"A winning tribute to the coastal Alabama studio, musicians, and engineers who laid down some of the greatest pop tracks of the late '60s and early '70s."
"One of the year’s most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films."
"A MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARY FOR ANY ROCK N' ROLL HISTORY CONNOISSEUR."
"A joy to watch."
"Get ready to sing along, and good luck staying in your seat."
"This is the real sweet home Alabama. Turn it up."
"Elegant documentary about a remarkable musical town."
"A stellar film."
"Evocative, soulful, enormously entertaining tribute"
"If you liked 20 Feet From Stardom, you are going to burst into song for Muscle Shoals."
"EVOCATIVE, SOULFUL, ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING. A terrific documentary."
"HUGELY ENTERTAINING - A SOULFUL MUSICAL FEAST. It’s mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and R&B of the 60s and 70s."
"MAGNIFICENT - Muscle Shoals is more magical than any two Harry Potter movies put together."
"3½ out of 4 stars – A standout music doc."
"Muscle Shoals will delight and inform music fans."
"The filmmakers struck gold. Even fans who don’t know Muscle Shoals by name know its music by heart."
"3½ out of 4 stars – MESMERIZING"
" Hands down one of the best music documentaries ever made."
"Music doesn't get much better than ‘Muscle Shoals’"
"earthy and elegant"
"The new and classic tracks featured in “Muscle Shoals” may turn a screening into a dance party."