BB King: The Life of Riley Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 6, 2014
It would have been nice if the movie had allowed voices less fannish than those of King's peers and childhood friends to make the case for the signficance of 'The King of the Blues.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2013
[King] is unfailingly articulate, gentlemanly and modest but this is a movie where more music, less talk would definitely have been an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
October 17, 2012
An intuitive and appealing documentary about the life of one of the world's most recognised Blues musicians, but BB King: The Life of Riley sometimes grows a bit repetitive and its chronological sequence is rather bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
George Bass
Total Film
October 17, 2012
Too many people know this man as just the source vocalist from Moby's classic 'Natural Blues'; hopefully this will change that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 13, 2012
[An] authoritative British documentary on [King's] long, impressive career.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 11, 2012
In the music business, 'legend' is an over-used word: see this and understand what it means.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 11, 2012
Conscientious documentary toasting and contextualising blues guitarist BB King's life and work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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