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Cadillac Records Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

It's fast, slick and well acted. Lots of energy and a soulful performance by Wright make this well worth the trip.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2008
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Terrific performances make mature musical biopic memorable.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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I think music fans will enjoy this.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 8, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 8, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

December 8, 2008
Kam Williams

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 Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 8, 2008
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

December 7, 2008
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Aurally satisfying but the R&B soundtrack instead.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

December 6, 2008
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

While the storyline is somewhat disjointed, the music really shines.

Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2008
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: D+

December 5, 2008
Matt Collar
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A historically suspect picture of the Chess Records legend.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

December 5, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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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December 5, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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While the story could use a tighter focus, the ensemble is strong and the music makes Cadillac Records worth catching.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2008
Dana Stevens
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 5, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 5, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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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.

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December 5, 2008
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

With this cast doing its own singing, and history this rich, it's close enough for rock 'n' roll.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2008
Wilson Morales

'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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 5, 2008
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