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Jersey Boys Reviews

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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
If you're a die-hard Four Seasons fan, your only complaint about Jersey Boys will be that Clint Eastwood couldn't stuff every last hit song in. But it wasn't for lack of trying - and face it, you've still got those old records at home anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 14, 2016
Whether or not viewers respond to Eastwood's vision, that it's so clearly his is a victory in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic
December 31, 2015
A scattered, haphazard, thoroughly confused film that can't figure out if it's meant to be a winningly cutesy musical or a gritty narrative about life in crime-ridden 1950s New Jersey.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
Given Mr. Eastwood's well-established musicality, though, it's not at all surprising that it's during the musical numbers the film truly comes alive.
Sean Burns
Spliced Personality
June 9, 2015
Just about every directorial choice here is so clankingly at odds with the material that, as the song goes, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It's like watching Ingmar Bergman's Grease.
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2014
With Jersey Boys, a spectacular musical gets a slight big-screen treatment that dilutes the show's dynamic musical sequences and compelling character arcs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
November 10, 2014
It's an idea that should have worked marvelously for the screen, but without the same energy from the music being put into the narrative, it's not surprising at all that it would hit a flat note early on and never be able to recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 6, 2014
I just found myself enjoying the music more than the events taking place on-screen.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
Jersey Boys features brilliant art direction but frustrates in equal measure by straddling too many decades, with the scant emotions of an off-set death clearly defining the problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
September 21, 2014
Eastwood has wisely kept the basic premise of the stage show, allowing each member of the group to act as their own "Greek chorus," breaking the fourth wall and narrating the story as it progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
Eastwood jettisons the 'jukebox musical' approach of his source material to transform the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons into another of his inquisitions into the hopeful myths and dark realities of American history and celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist
August 24, 2014
"Jersey Boys" is wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.'
Mark Hughes
Forbes
August 1, 2014
It's not a totally bad film, it just makes a lot of bad choices and ends up dragging when it should be engaging, and it frustrates more often than it entertains.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
July 27, 2014
A cavalcade of great songs keeps this otherwise lacklustre adaptation from floundering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 26, 2014
As a vehicle for characters, Jersey Boys is remarkably observant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 17, 2014
The movie is a rollercoaster ride that soars on the wings of the incredible music and then crashes into the mob element.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 12, 2014
I'd always take the live stage show if given a choice but if you're a fan of The Four Seasons, there's probably nothing I can say that'll stop you from seeing this.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jamie Graham
Total Film
July 10, 2014
Jersey Boys is a solid watch that seeks to deepen the emotion of the jukebox musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Cockrell
The Australian
July 9, 2014
The combination of... [Woody Allen & Clint Eastwood] has resulted in a Broadway adaptation that hums with vigour, sings with the capricious unpredictability of fate and fame, and does firm and lasting justice to the legacy of that vintage studio logo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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