• Marley
    2 minutes 52 seconds
    Added: Feb 21, 2012


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Marley Reviews

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

For a movie this long, it's too bad there isn't more footage of Marley in performance, joyously bringing music to the world.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...likely as close as we'll ever come to a definitive film biography of this gnomic figure.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 86/100

May 4, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Macdonald effectively lets the talking heads and the music explain the longevity of Marley's appeal.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 3, 2012
Rob Gonsalves

Recounts a short life that seemed to straddle worlds and eras, and perhaps the definitive portrait will never be filmed or written. Until it is, though, there's always the music.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2012
Tony Macklin

Marley is a terrific documentary. It goes beyond one figure, and captures the essence of life itself. The film is as infectious and spiritual as one of his songs.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.0/5

April 28, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Good documentaries make us want to know more about their subject. But great ones like Marley don't need to.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2012
Mike Scott

It's certainly comprehensive, even if -- at two and a half hours long -- not exactly concise.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

If you'd asked me a month ago how Marley had died, I might have cluelessly suggested a drug overdose.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2012
Tom Dawson
The List

Chronicles the life and times of the first musical superstar from the third world to gain a global audience, with the reggae singer's posthumous Legend album selling some 25 million copies.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2012

In the end, it's just good, comprehensive storytelling, a film that justifies the legend rather than hypes it.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Gradually, the dreadlocks, the music and the cloud of ganja smoke come together to form as recognisable an image as that of the equally short-lived Che Guevara.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 22, 2012
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The film never shows us Marley in a complete performance. It's hard to understand the magic of a man whose most awesome moments are reduced to edited snippets.

Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

It smartly captures his dynamic personality both through the words of those who knew him, and more importantly, through his enduring music.

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April 20, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 20, 2012
Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
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Macdonald supplies some interesting and novel details about the musician's life and art, though the movie's narrative arc and documentary methods are totally predictable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 20, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Marley finally gives the world an authoritative, nonhagiographic survey of Marley's life.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 20, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

This is an appropriately exhaustive study of the man and his music, its only failing is the absence of a decent political analysis of Rastafari and the beliefs that informed Marley to the end of his life.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It's a meticulously researched, consistently interesting documentary about superstar Bob Marley - and it makes two-and-a-half hours pass by in a flash.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2012
Clay Cane

'Marley' will go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest music documentaries of all time. The first must-see movie of 2012.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

April 20, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Celebrates his spirit, his creativity, his genius and his influence, even if it errs on the side of hagiography.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 20, 2012
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