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Standing In The Shadows of Motown Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

The cheap and easy recycling of old myths and superficial treatment given the significant social milieu of the time is startling.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 61/100

August 31, 2003
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 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

December 16, 2002
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Standing in the Shadows of Motown takes one of the great unknown stories in music history and translates it to the screen in the blandest way possible.

January 19, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

There are suckers out there for the film's brand of shrink-wrapped nostalgia. I'm not one of them.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 3, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Told in scattered fashion, the movie only intermittently lives up to the stories and faces and music of the men who are its subject.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 15, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 19, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the music - the sweet soul music - is national treasure.

Full Review | Original Score: B

January 3, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Motown Sound was, quite simply, their sound.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Scenes in which the band grooves with modern musicians Montell Jordan and Joan Osborne singing covers are spectacular.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Unsung heroes of some of pop music's finest moments get to stand up and be counted in this documentary/concert/tribute.

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

February 11, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a blast!

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 18, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2005
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Fans of all types of popular music will find it irreplaceable.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

January 11, 2003
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A good music documentary, probably one of the best since The Last Waltz.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Gives the Funk Brothers their due and more, mostly through wonderfully juicy anecdotes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 22, 2008
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

As a documentary, Motown isn't all that great. But as a celebration of music, it's absolutely incredible.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2002
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Guaranteed to move anyone who ever shook, rattled, or rolled.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 18, 2002
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
October 18, 2008
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October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

Some kind of peace of mind

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

November 19, 2002
David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002

Baltimore Sun
November 28, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

Guardian [UK]
August 5, 2003

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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