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Standing In The Shadows of Motown Reviews

David Ansen
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November 1, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Houston Chronicle
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Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2003
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.

December 27, 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
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again.

| Original Score: A-

November 29, 2002
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002

Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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The movie lets us realize this Sound, still so alive and vibrant today, was created by flesh-and-blood people, each of whom has a compelling story to tell.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A triumphant documentary.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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The sheer joy and pride they took in their work -- and in each other -- shines through every frame.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

November 21, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a blast!

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 18, 2002
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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A great story and great music, right down to the final credits.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2002
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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When the old guys sit around and tell their stories, Standing in the Shadows of Motown catches magic on the screen -- a behind-the-curtain peek at some of the world's best-loved music, straight from the cats who made it happen.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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After watching it, you can only love the players it brings to the fore for the gifted but no-nonsense human beings they are and for the still-inestimable contribution they have made to our shared history.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown is one hell of a party, and it doesn't let anything get in the way of that.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Gives credit where credit's due.

November 15, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A soaring cinematic love letter.

November 15, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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If there is any doubt about the Funk Brothers' key contributions to the Motown sound, it's dispelled when these aging musicians take the stage with contemporary performers who re-create the classics.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2002
Charles Taylor
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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.

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November 15, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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This salute to the literally unsung and underrecognized studio heroes of Motown is so good because it is one of those rare documentaries that combine information with smashing entertainment.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 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
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ain't no mountain high enough to keep the Funk Brothers from getting to you.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2002
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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The film's energy is primarily due to the rich storytelling skills of the musicians, who trot out anecdotes and memories filled with humor and wry philosophizing.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 14, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Moving and heartfelt documentary about the overlooked heart of the Motown Sound.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2002
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Much of the movie's value is to document these particular players making beautiful music.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a revelatory aural journey that gets you to hear something you've always known without quite realizing it: that the magic of the Motown sound was, quite literally, its sound, which the Funk Brothers created.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

November 13, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Justman's affectionate doc provides the pleasure of hearing one classic pop hook after another performed by a still tight unit, as well as the spectacle of veteran sidemen sitting around talking music.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 12, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's a glorious groove that leaves you wanting more.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2002
Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
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The film truly does rescue [the Funk Brothers] from Motown's shadows. It's about time.

November 5, 2002
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