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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
December 20, 2002
It may seem long at 110 minutes if you're not a fan, because it includes segments of 12 songs at a reunion concert.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 20, 2002
It's a thrill to see these guys playing and having fun, stuck in the shadows no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 19, 2002
There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 19, 2002
The film has just enough of everything -- re-enactments, archival footage, talking-head interviews -- and the music is simply sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2002
While Shadows is a great tribute, it is a poor documentary. They are just as elusive and unknown as before.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 16, 2002
Scenes in which the band grooves with modern musicians Montell Jordan and Joan Osborne singing covers are spectacular.
| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Salfen
December 10, 2002
I couldn't recommend this film more.
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Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
If you are a music fan, this is a great film to see ... and hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave Tianen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 5, 2002
As a belated nod to some neglected all-stars, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is cultural history of the best kind: informative, revealing and richly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2002
The documentary makes no waves and tries to be as upbeat as the musicians it tells about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Null
December 2, 2002
Totally overwrought, deeply biased, and wholly designed to make you feel guilty about ignoring what the filmmakers clearly believe are The Greatest Musicians of All Time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
December 1, 2002
As a documentary, Motown isn't all that great. But as a celebration of music, it's absolutely incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 29, 2002
I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again.
| Original Score: A-
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
November 29, 2002
It's poignant, surprising, triumphant, funny, and you can dance to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 28, 2002
The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 27, 2002
Marvelously entertaining and deliriously joyous documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
November 26, 2002
Director Paul Justman hits all the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 22, 2002
Try as you might to resist, if you've got a place in your heart for Smokey Robinson, this movie will worm its way there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Miami Herald
November 22, 2002
You may not end up dancing in the street, but don't be surprised if you cut a step or two in the parking lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 22, 2002
Documentaries just don't get much more fun than Standing in the Shadows of Motown
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