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
EntertainmentTell
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
Canada.com
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
Blu-ray.com
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
Twitch
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
Cinemalogue.com
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
Variety
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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