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

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Super Reviewer
½ January 3, 2008
Great true-to-life documentary about Chuck Berry's concert life and his 60th birthday St Louis celebration. I'm slightly annoyed by his unpolished guitar talents but his songs have withstood the test of time - a mark of influential songwriting.
Clapton, Richards, Lennon and the other celebrity interviews are funny - the performing guests even tease 60-year-old Chuck and his half-assed attitude.
In the film, Berry plays terribly over dozens of tracks while his celebrity-studded backup band carries him through. I admire his songwriting skills, but I'd rather listen through the performances with Berry's guitar backline muted.
Super Reviewer
September 2, 2007
The highlights are definitely the concert scenes; guest spots from Keith Richards, Julian Lennon and Clapton make for a surreal but fun show. Everything else is interesting and shot well but Chuck doesn't seem to want anyone to get past the surface.
March 8, 2013
Excellent documentary about Chuck Berry's life. I liked how he explained the story about all his hits and it showed him practicing with Keith Richards. Didn't like hearing John Lennon's son singing Johnny Be Good.
½ November 29, 2008
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is one of the greatest documentary/concert films ever made. It provides an in-depth look at the life of one of musics most talented minds as part of his 60th birthday celebration. There are several great musicians in the film including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt.
December 8, 2009
Taylor Hackford might be best known as the director of Ray or Dolores Claiborne, but here he directs a rough and entertaining concert film with guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Little Richard, Linda Ronstadt, Bo Diddley and others. Chuck Berry comes off as a very private man, and maybe not the nicest guy, but the music is great and it's interesting all the way through. If you're a fan of Chuck or early rock this really is worth watching.
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