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Who Do You Love?

Who Do You Love? (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 15

It boasts an interesting cast, and the music remains unimpeachable, but this Chess Records biopic suffers from a workmanlike script -- as well as comparisons to its recent predecessor, Cadillac Records.

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

It boasts an interesting cast, and the music remains unimpeachable, but this Chess Records biopic suffers from a workmanlike script -- as well as comparisons to its recent predecessor, Cadillac Records.

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Leonard Chess changed the face of modern music, and he did so without playing a note. An immigrant living in Chicago just as the city was exploding with new blues sounds, he heard what few others did at the time: the universal passion in the music of performers like Etta James, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, who all rose to fame thanks to Chess. At first with a nightclub and then with his legendary record label, Leonard Chess earned his place in American cultural history. This is his story, the

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It was muscled out of the marketplace by Cadillac Records, Sony's glossy, star-studded movie about Leonard. But it's clearly the better movie, earthier, wittier, and more intimate in its treatment of America's racial divide in the 1950s.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I think more edge is needed, more reality about the racial situation at the time, more insight into how and why R&B and rock 'n' roll actually did forever transform societies in America and the world.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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In the end, the most striking thing about Leonard is that he never seems to stop smoking.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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It's the terrific music and amusing array of characters that keep the picture afloat.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If you're really interested in Chess Records, why go to this film at all when you could be at home actually listening to Chess records?

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Has neither the star power nor the epic sense of itself that infused Cadillac Records, the 2008 film on the same subject.

April 9, 2010
New York Times
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Crackles with the sense of discovering genius that's ready to be heard and distributed.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Isn't the blues supposed to be cathartic and rock 'n' roll liberating? Recording maestro Chess is too tense and grim, and there are few joyous musical moments.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

An engaging portrait of the man behind the artists.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Less than two years after the so-so "Cadillac Records," here comes "Who Do You Love," which is so-so in different ways.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: MTV

Zaks finds the life in every scene, even the more clichéd ones...it feels like a celebration of a seminal musical moment, for all its flaws.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Recreated performances backing the more than nostalgic music of the era are worth the ticket, but the rest is more borscht than history.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

In short: we see the Chess Records story simplified and telegraphed. But at least the cast doesn't act as though they're mired in the biopic muck.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comment (1)
AV Club

Another behind-the-scenes look at the formation and success of Chess Records in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

In Who Do You Love? everything that Chess Records has come to symbolize about pop culture, race relations or the blues transitioning into rock 'n' roll gets flattened. It perceives American history in reverse.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Well-made, terrifically acted biopic about the Chicago Chess Brothers and their legendary Chess label and artists who propelled blues into a new genre called rock 'n' roll. A cornucopia of great music, though some cinematic notes are off-key.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Too bad this flick lost the race to the theaters with Cadillac Records, otherwise director Jerry Zaks might've had a hit on his hands instead of a Johnny Come Lately destined to be forever thought of as a cheap imitation.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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