- , San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2013
- , Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 2013
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, January 07, 2013
The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.
- John Anderson, Newsday, September 21, 2012
[A] moving, lyrical account ...
- Ken Marks, New Yorker, September 17, 2012
Director Malik Bendjelloul's engaging, cleverly structured documentary about the legendary folk singer Rodriguez is shaped like a mystery.
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, September 13, 2012
You watch "Searching for Sugar Man" at first fascinated by the mystery - what happened to Rodriguez? Where did he go? Then you become infuriated by its revelations of financial injustice.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, August 23, 2012
If you like music, a good mystery or, better yet, a combination of both, you won't be disappointed.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, August 23, 2012
An electrifying illustration of music's power to inspire and change lives on both sides of the footlights.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 16, 2012
Submitted for your approval: one Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer/songwriter whom Rod Serling would surely embrace, in or out of the Twilight Zone.
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star, August 10, 2012
Beautiful and revelatory, Searching for Sugar Man also incorporates huge chunks of Rodriguez's music.
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 09, 2012
It starts as a bittersweet parable about the cruelty of commerce, but the wonder of "Searching for Sugar Man" will not soon slip away.
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 13, 2012
A rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, August 09, 2012
Here's the rare music documentary in which the narrative is more interesting than the songs.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, August 09, 2012
Bendjelloul mixes modern footage of Detroit with archival and animated images, and the shots of Rodriguez marching through his home turf help viewers understand what makes him tick.
- Adam Graham, Detroit News, August 09, 2012
I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, August 09, 2012
This is a real-life fairy tale with a remarkably happy ending.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, August 03, 2012
A pleasing fix, Searching for Sugar Man is a lost-and-found film about pursuits - one of them abandoned, and one not.
- Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, August 03, 2012
The movie is neatly structured, and Rodriguez turns out to be an interesting guy. He's worth getting to know, even if his music isn't.
- Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, August 03, 2012
- , AV Club, January 22, 2013