Cadillac Records Reviews

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Chris Prince
Sky Movies
February 19, 2009
A perfectly serviceable addition to a well-stocked genre that acts as a fine showcase for not only the strong cast but the timeless tunes that made Chess Records a cornerstone of popular music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
February 19, 2009
A busy sometimes incoherent biopic about legendary Chicago blues / R&B label Chess Records during its '50s peak, Cadillac Records jams half a dozen music legends into one overstuffed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 19, 2009
This terrifically tuneful movie offers a fascinating taste of musical history, with Beyonce just fine as Etta James.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 19, 2009
Darnell Martin's film is distinguished by some more than adequate performances but drifts through the story of the record label.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
February 19, 2009
Enjoyable whizz through a chapter of musical history, with a terrific soundtrack and great performances across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 19, 2009
Energetic performances and a strong true story lift this rather simplistic movie into something watchable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 19, 2009
This is a join-the-dots yawn-fest of the laziest kind, ditching any serious attempt to get its teeth into the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
February 19, 2009
As films go, it's more like Stars In Their Eyes as you listen in wonder and look for faults in the excellent impersonators.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 9, 2009
The film's mangled chronology and melodrama ring flat alongside Ray, Walk the Line and the classic Patsy Cline biopic, Sweet Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
January 6, 2009
Messy, but with great musical performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
December 23, 2008
Darnell Martin's chronicle of the lives of Leonard Chess, Muddy Waters and others is a familiar tale that survives thanks to the successful efforts of its talented cast and crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 20, 2008
This one's worth the price of admission for the music alone.
| Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 19, 2008
[It] isn't the last word on this chapter of music history... but with great music and solid performances, it's good place to start.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 19, 2008
The film has a certain low-budget charm (as a period piece, it recalls such Roger Corman productions as 'The Lady in Red'), but the performers deserve a more convincing showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
December 14, 2008
An entertaining but frustrating film. There are some good performances, and some great music, but the movie is too jumbled and confused to reach the heights to which it aspires.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
December 12, 2008
The actors do a wonderful job capturing the unique qualities of the artists they portray. Then they get coked up and sleep with minors.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 11, 2008
It helps that every performance is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 11, 2008
The film celebrates the music and the talent but provides only shorthand glimpses of the biographies and career highlights of the figures involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emily S. Mendel
December 10, 2008
Cadillac Records has impressive performances by multi-talented actors, heart, soul, and of course, music that just won't stop.
Jackie K. Cooper
December 10, 2008
Features some good acting - you show them, Beyonce - but too many stories drain the effect of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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