Made in America Reviews

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Jason Heller
AV Club
Top Critic
July 10, 2014

Bombastic and pedestrian at the same time.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
July 7, 2014

What could have been a spirited dissection of Jay-Z's optimistic enterprise is instead merely an advertisement for it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
July 7, 2014

Made In America's ode to opportunity and achievement begs for a deeper reality check.

Nick Schager
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 8, 2014

A feature-length commercial for the Jay-Z brand.

Stephen Silver
July 17, 2014

Have you long dreamed of watching Skrillex explain his process to Ron Howard? Then "Made in America" was made for you. Otherwise?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 8, 2014

Made In America is an all-too-accurate reflection of the safe, boring, middle-aged politician Jay-Z has become.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
July 10, 2014

The unlikely team-up of rapper/businessman Jay Z and filmmaker Ron Howard doesn't result in odd-couple fireworks. Try familiar yawns instead.

Katherine Monk
July 18, 2014

It's kind of interesting to watch Opie hang with Jay-Z and Eddie Vedder, but it doesn't really add value to anyone's image. It just feels like we've been given backstage access to a big show and we're being chaperoned every second.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Northmore
The List
May 20, 2014

It's a bit too self-congratulatory but does highlight the enormity and impact of staging such a huge event.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Melissa Camacho
Common Sense Media
October 8, 2013

Jay Z music fest docu fun for music lovers; strong lyrics.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
July 8, 2014

Not quite a concert documentary, cluttered, but an interesting primer on the state of music circa 2012

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
July 10, 2014

Doesn't have the screentime to truly address the nation's woes, but it manages to capture despondency and a building sense of hope through the unification of sound.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 17, 2014

While music doesn't take a back seat, it's more of a passenger than a driver. It feels like nonstop music without the generic concert format. But you learn or intuit something in the process.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
July 7, 2014

Less music-stuffed but more conceptually ambitious than the average music doc.

Jason Gorber
September 17, 2013

The sentiment is pure, and the assemblage of talent is indeed interesting. What's promising on a cinematic front are the great documentary moments.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Todd Jorgenson
July 25, 2014

The tone is too reverential, yet it keeps a pleasant rhythm.

Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
July 10, 2014

While it doesn't make great use of its Opie-meets-Hova potential, the line-up is impressively diverse enough to satisfy music fans.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Leydon
Top Critic
October 7, 2013

Less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event.

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