With Spike Jonze's new Beastie Boys documentary dropping today, the reviews have begun to trickle in. Here, you can see what critics are saying about Beastie Boys Story ahead of its debut on Apple TV+.

Beastie Boys Story is directed, produced, and written by Jonze — a longtime friend and Beastie Boys collaborator — alongside founding members Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. The picture ultimately finds Diamond and Horovitz detailing the story of the group and 40 years of friendship through a live documentary experience.

Complete with archival footage of the legendary trio, the film reveals how now-deceased member Adam Yauch helped the group find their voice after years of nonstop partying.

You can get a better feel for the documentary by watching the trailer below. Beastie Boys Story releases on Apple TV+ on April 24.

More than your average documentary

Beastie Boys Story is less seamless, but more personal, than a classic documentary.

Variety

In typical Jonze fashion, the film is loose and anarchic yet deceptively well-controlled, its fourth wall always in varying states of permeability.

Slate

A story of boys becoming men

If the movie itself is an imperfect document of the Beasties as a band, it's moments like those that deliver something sweeter, at least for the faithful: a pleasingly shambolic Story of three Boys, and the better men they came to be.

Entertainment Weekly

Not surprisingly, it's a love letter, far more polished and smoothed-out than the genre-defying trio might have deserved in their anarchic heyday, but as warm and reflective as you might expect from the middle-aged men they are now.

The Hollywood Reporter

An ode to the '80s

This film is a time capsule of the 1980s: an era that was crass and excessive in so many ways, but now seems weirdly exotic.

The Guardian

Somewhat melancholic

There are moments when Beastie Boys Story has the aura of a heavy sigh, laden with the knowledge that the skateboard long ago skidded off the half pipe. Still, if you've ever felt even a scrap of affection for the band, Beastie Boys Story has its charms.

Time

But a must-watch nonetheless

Die-hard Beastie fans who have been with them for decades may not unlock any new insights here, but it's still essential viewing.

The Spool

The Beastie Boys were genuine artists who transcended the limits of any specific musical genre and invented one of their own. Beastie Boys Story provides a charming and poignant explanation for how they pulled it off.

IndieWire

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Behold! The Best 'Fits from 2023 Grammys Red Carpet

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    We Ranked the 2023 Grammys' Worst Looks

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Taylor Swift's Grammys Outfit Looks Just Like 'Midnights'

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Harry Styles Got Jokerfied For the Grammys

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Beyoncé Is Making Grammys History & the Ceremony Hasn't Even Started

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The Award Goes to...the Pre-Grammy 'Fits!

    Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.