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Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's uneven -- and it lacks the primal power of its subject's classic recordings -- but Jimi: All Is By My Side offers a well-acted alternative take on the Hendrix myth.

Movie Info

OutKast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.(C) XLRatormore
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, and some drug content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Ridley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2015
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André Benjamin
as Jimi Hendrix
Ashley Charles
as Keith Richards
Hayley Atwell
as Linda Keith
Andrew Buckley
as Bryan "Chas" Chandle...
Adrian Lester
as Michael X
Oliver Bennett
as Noel Redding
Tom Dunlea
as John "Mitch" Mitchel...
Claire-Hope Ashitey
as Lithofayne "Faye" Pr...
Jade Yourell
as Roberta Goldstein/Te...
Lauterio Zamparelli
as Mark Hoffman
Danny McColgan
as Eric Clapton
Robbie Jarvis
as Dean-Andrew Loog Old...
Burn Gorman
as Michael Jeffery
Geoffrey Burton
as Al Hendrix
John Arkell
as Ginger Baker
Richard Lintern
as Mr. Keith
Joe McKinney
as George Bruno "Zoot" ...
Tristan McConnell
as Terry McVay
The Hypnotic Brass E...
as Curtis Knight and Th...
Uttama Potolra Huber...
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Uttama Potolra Huber...
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Seba Graves
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Seba Graves
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Jafar Baji Graves
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Jafar Baji Graves
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Gabriel Benyehudah H...
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Gabriel Benyehudah H...
as Performer (Curtis Kn...
Joe Doyle
as Performer (Blue Flam...
Martin Galbraith
as Performer (Blue Flam...
Martin Galbraith
as Performer (Blue Flam...
Stephen O'Neill
as Performer (Blue Flam...
Stephen O'Neill
as Performer (Blue Flam...
Niamh Farrell
as Female Folk Singer
Frank Laverty
as PC Clegg
Michael Bates
as PC Westerly
Barry Barnes
as PC Potts
Gordon Mahn
as Salon Manager
Michael Hough
as Irate Concert Goer 1
Robbie O'Connor
as Irate Concert Goer 2
Sophie Scott
as Ida's Friend
Robbie Jarvis-Dean
as Andrew Loog Oldham
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Critic Reviews for Jimi: All Is by My Side

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (29)

A hip-looking mess of a movie, made tolerable by Benjamin's spacey-cool Hendrix. Great costumes, few insights.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Top Critic

Against all odds, John Ridley has assembled the ideal team to tackle an exceedingly ambitious project, one that bears fruit at nearly every turn.

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

... an interesting curiosity that takes chances and gets at a certain truth about its enigmatic lead character.

Full Review… | February 27, 2015

[A] disjointed and clumsily made biopic of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

Full Review… | February 19, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

André Benjamin does a fair job of conveying Hendrix's languid charisma and grace... But the soapy drama remains about as convincing as the troop of rock lookalikes who file past at intervals.

Full Review… | February 1, 2015
Movie Talk

Andre 3000 makes an A-grade Hendrix, but this biopic sees the legend's legacy fall into a bit of a haze.

Full Review… | January 1, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Jimi: All Is by My Side


I must admit I did find this film to be pretty entertaining. John Ridley has shown he can write complex character natures especially from his Oscar winning script '12 Years a Slave'. Whilst I am also have no complaints film-wise towards the casting as well as any factual inaccuracies; the cast solidly played out their parts, the editing was sharp and did add a lot of layers to the character backstories not the mention the soundtrack was also really good. I wouldn't say this film was in any aspect inspiring let alone trying to be incredibly glamorous. This just happens to be an entertaining portrait of Jimi Hendrix and lives up to expectation as a whole without being too special.

Luke Eberhard
Luke Eberhard

Super Reviewer

Great storytelling of how he started before getting the big fame before arriving to a certain famous concert that took in USA where he was from and moved to the uk to get his music ideas to start that fame.

Andre Benjamin was the highlight of this biopic. His portrayal of Jimi Hendrix is great and I gotta say... I was suprised. Although after some research I would like to note that his domestic violence was supposedly fiction. I felt it was out of character but at the time I believed it. Haley Atwell and Imogen Poots were very good in their supporting role. The one major thing that was missing from this film wast his music. Really disappointed not to hear any of his popular music. *aside* from Wild thing. The editing also was quite confusing at times that either had me hoping for better. There was one time it felt like the cameraman was not on a tripod and was handheld. They went with a 70's film type vibe which wasn't bad. The entire movie though didn't have much of a point. Unless they were trying to get the point across that Jimi just followed people that told him what to do all the time. Pass.

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