'Mistaken for Strangers' (film)

Mistaken for Strangers
Mistaken for Strangers (film) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byTom Berninger
Produced byMatt Berninger
Carin Besser
Craig Charland
StarringThe National
CinematographyTom Berninger
Edited byTom Berninger
Carin Besser
Music byThe National
Distributed byAbramorama
Release dates
  • April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17) (Tribeca)[1]
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)[2]
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Mistaken for Strangers is a 2013 documentary film featuring the American indie rock band The National. The film is directed by Tom Berninger, brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, and premiered April 17, 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.


When the National goes on tour in 2010, singer Matt Berninger invites his younger brother Tom to tour with them as part of the crew. Tom aspires to be a filmmaker and documents the National being on tour, as well as the process of himself making a film about his successful older brother.

Critical reception[]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 7.53/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "A suitably complicated look at fraternal bonds, Mistaken for Strangers offers more depth and insight than the usual tour documentary."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Jillian Mapes in her review for Pitchfork Media wrote "what may be the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap".[5] Ann Hornaday in her review for The Washington Post described it as "a funny, eccentric and finally deeply poignant depiction of art, family, self-sabotage and the prickly intricacies of brotherly love."[6]


  1. ^ ""Mistaken For Strangers" and The National To Open 2013 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. February 27, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Terry, Josh (January 14, 2014). "The National's Mistaken For Strangers documentary gets theatrical release". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mistaken for Strangers (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Mistaken for Strangers Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Mapes, Jillian (April 18, 2013). "Review: The National Film Mistaken for Strangers". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Hornaday, Ann (April 10, 2014). "'Mistaken for Strangers' Movie Review". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2016.

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