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Brief Synopsis: "Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea these singers are or what lives they lead, until now."

Overall Ranking: 915 (Rank from 2013: # 46)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 10%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97(full review)
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium88(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies88(full review)
Minnesota Man85(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch72 - The documentary ultimately shows that what keeps a backup singer from going even further isn't necessarily skill. Still, that is what keeps this film from being truly great.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 4
Darren of Movie Reviews 10170
Movie Waffler Eric Hillis50(full review)

People Involved

  • Bette Midler (Herself)
  • Mick Jagger (Himself)
  • Sting (Himself)
  • Sheryl Crow (Herself)
  • Bruce Springsteen (Himself)
  • Stevie Wonder (Himself)
  • Darlene Love (Herself)
  • Lou Adler (Himself)
  • Stevvi Alexander (Herself)
  • Patti Austin (Herself)
  • Chris Botti (Himself)
  • Merry Clayton (Herself)
  • Lisa Fischer (Herself)
  • Morgan Neville (Director)