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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Reviews

Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is as long and unwieldy as its title, but it's probably the most revealing look we'll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 10, 2014
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing.

Full Review Source: New York Times

September 10, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 10, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

September 10, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2014
Variety Staff
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Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis.

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September 10, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Entertaining as it often is, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! could have used a little less showmanship, a little more confidence in its wonderful subject.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

September 10, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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Whatever the grammatic contortions of its title, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock `n` Roll offers a compelling portrait of a hardened veteran of the business called show.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2014
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