This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Relentlessly upbeat infomercial.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jay-Z fans will show up, but they should demand more - like having additional footage that means something. Otherwise, you might as well just watch back-to-back music videos.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Much as with official corporate send-offs, the excitement of this documentary builds steadily for about five minutes and then, before you know it, there's nothing left to see.
| Original Score: 2/4
It will be interesting only to die-hard hip-hop enthusiasts.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
| Original Score: 2/5
Although also picturing the well-dressed rhyme merchant backstage and in the studio, the feature is rarely more than a standard concert souvenir.
Unless you're a hardcore fan who's never seen the man in concert and really wants to by any means necessary, you'd be better off buying the soundtrack.
There is no insight into the anguish of Heidi's life -- only a depiction of pain, today's version of Greek tragedy, the talk-show guest decrying her fate.
The film doesn't manage to achieve for hip-hop what the great rock concert films of the past have done for their musical genre.
It's a music video, a future DVD release for hip-hop fans, and nothing else.
While billed as 'an intimate look' at Jay-Z, the film reveals next to nothing about him beyond the fact that he possesses a formidable ability to spin and remember lengthy rhymes, however vulgar and reductive their content.
almost sleep inducing, with the star subject (who's about as chatty and revealing as Helen Keller) offering broad platitudes to his collaborators
This is standard concert-film fare geared to the faithful.
"What really happened?" is a question for philosophers, not filmmakers; all the filmmakers need to do is engage an audience.
| Original Score: A-
A solid concert flick and a surface-deep peek at how the music gets made, but ultimately the final product feels like a well-polished piece of marketing machinery.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
both heartbreaking and comical
| Original Score: 4/5
A precedent-setting concert doc.