Cadillac Records Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
December 9, 2008
It's fast, slick and well acted. Lots of energy and a soulful performance by Wright make this well worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 8, 2008
Terrific performances make mature musical biopic memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 8, 2008
I think music fans will enjoy this.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 8, 2008
There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 8, 2008
The film suffers at times from biopic-itis -- the narrative unfolds with the requisite heartbreak carefully apportioned -- but it's always eye-catching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kam Williams
EURWeb
December 8, 2008
Highly recommended musical melodrama revisits rise of Chess Records, despite the glaring omission of Aretha who recorded her very first album with legendary company in 1956. How about showing the Queen of Soul a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 7, 2008
There's enough material here for a television mini-series, and cramming it into less than two hours can't help but make it seem like a Cliffs Notes version.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 6, 2008
Aurally satisfying but superficial...buy the R&B soundtrack instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
December 6, 2008
While the storyline is somewhat disjointed, the music really shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 5, 2008
The movie charts the rise and fall of the label without ever centering on any characters or relationships; it's history without personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 5, 2008
Parts of Cadillac Records surface as warm reminders of a timeless musical era. Most of Cadillac Records comes across as a miserable Saturday Night Live skit without the benefit of a sleep-deprived audience to feign approval.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Matt Collar
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 5, 2008
A historically suspect picture of the Chess Records legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 5, 2008
Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 5, 2008
While the story could use a tighter focus, the ensemble is strong and the music makes Cadillac Records worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 5, 2008
One of the strengths of Cadillac Records, written and directed by Darnell Martin, is that it's a movie about music by someone who genuinely seems to enjoy listening to music.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 5, 2008
Any of these musicians deserves a Walk the Line or Coal Miner's Daughter-type biopic of their own; perhaps this flawed but enjoyable movie is the first step toward that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 5, 2008
A good general rule is that if one performance is good, credit the actor. But if everyone in the movie is doing excellent work, this is no coincidence. This is the product of superior direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 5, 2008
Martin, who also wrote the script, takes liberties with the Chess story, most notably dispensing altogether with Phil Chess. But "Cadillac Records" is such an exhilarating, spirited piece of work that its embellishments and omissions cease to matter.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
December 5, 2008
With this cast doing its own singing, and history this rich, it's close enough for rock 'n' roll.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
December 5, 2008
'Cadillac Records' has the talent and the music that should propel audiences to come see where the heart of rock and roll started.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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