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Marley Reviews

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2012
Marley is highly watchable, finely crafted legacy preservation - and it's either a white-washed sham or awesomely shaded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 17, 2012
It wants to show us the man behind the famous dreads, beatific smile and durable songs of love, hope and longing. In this task it succeeds admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2012
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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 20, 2012
Given the legal and logistical constraints on this long-delayed project, this lengthy movie is as comprehensive a history as Marley's fans could have hoped, but the uninitiated may not catch a fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Bob Marley wrote the same song about 8,000 times, and the documentary "Marley" makes sure to include each version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 20, 2012
This is a life story worth telling, and "Marley" does it much justice. Marley may or may not have been perfect, but he was certainly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 20, 2012
It's hard to imagine audiences who don't know much about the man sticking around for more than a few minutes of this. And they're the ones who need to know about him most of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 20, 2012
The movie has enormous force - because it's about a genius, yes, but even more so because of the intelligence, passion and wit of the people who knew Marley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Malitz
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
It's exhaustive without being exhausting, an eye-opening and all-encompassing portrait that should go a long way to rescuing him from being a marijuana mascot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 19, 2012
Chronologically organized and voiceover-free, the movie is a 145-minute patchwork of old concert footage and talking-head interviews -- lots and lots of them -- from people who knew, loved, and worked with the reggae giant.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
The enormous popularity of the transcendent reggae superstar shows no signs of abating, a situation"Marley," a moving and authoritative new documentary, takes as its mission to illustrate and explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Stout
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Even those who know reggae star Bob Marley inside and out might be amazed by the scope, detail and beauty of "Marley"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 19, 2012
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2012
The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 19, 2012
A riveting two-and-a-half-hour documentary biography...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2012
Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Morse
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
This film is long. But it grabs one's senses and won't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
Clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, it is gripping from the start, not just because of the quality of the music, but because of Marley's magnetic, challenging personality, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 19, 2012
You see a man, flawed and imperfect, finding his way through with his music, constantly searching for his place in the world until that quest was cut tragically short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
April 19, 2012
The narrative does a solid job of explaining key elements of Marley's keen sensibility, including his deep identification with outsiders and his encompassing world view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2012
Documentaries fully authorized by the subject's surviving family members are rarely this rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 19, 2012
In spite of all the diligence and frankness, Marley remains an enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
"Marley," an ambitious and comprehensive film, does what is probably the best possible job of documenting an important life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 17, 2012
Such an honest depiction can only contribute to a deeper appreciation of this remarkable artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 17, 2012
The tunes, flooding every frame, remain perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
Thoroughly researched and packed with phenomenal archival footage, it's a rousing tribute to a mesmerizing performer that forgoes blind hero worship.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 17, 2012
Marley, by reminding us of the longing and the indignation from which the music leaped, does a grand job of turning the volume back up. If only it had found more time to stop and listen.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2012
[It] shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Guy Lodge
Variety
February 23, 2012
[A] generous, absorbing, family-authorized docu on the late, still-reigning king of reggae music.