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Cadillac Records Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
It turns out to be grittier and more lowdown than that Ray Charles bio.
Clay Cane
BET.com
July 3, 2009
Cadillac Records is not a terrible movie but in the chain of rags to riches films (Dreamgirls, Ray, Walk the Line, etc.) it definitely falls at the bottom of the heap.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
February 26, 2009
The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and Beyoncé - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 26, 2009
The music, largely performed by the actors, is highly enjoyable.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 26, 2009
The rich soundtrack is one of the highlights of this solid, unfamiliar story in which most of the actors do all their own singing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2009
Perhaps there were insurmountable legal restrictions. But the movie still serves as a dandy primer for rediscovering a lot of great music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
February 20, 2009
A scattershot ensemble piece that exceeds its reach in its retelling of the origins of Chicago's Chess label.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 20, 2009
Anyone who likes pop music or wonders how bands like the Rolling Stones got rolling will enjoy the ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 20, 2009
Sadly the movie conforms to all the music-biopic stereotypes we've seen in Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 20, 2009
The film is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
February 20, 2009
This film is more like a limousine than a Cadillac - it is very long and carries far too many people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 20, 2009
The music is great, so energetic and vital it leaves the drama looking unfocused in comparison. Beyoncé, singing her heart out, is the pick of a very impressive line-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
thelondonpaper
February 20, 2009
It's a shame director Darnell Martin depends so heavily on the clichéd conventions of every other rags-to-riches biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Record (UK)
February 20, 2009
Packed with great music and some fine performances from a terrific cast.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Scotsman
February 20, 2009
As a brash, showbiz-y digest of blues roots and culture, it's lovingly designed and performed in the right spirit, finding as much to cherish in a Cadillac's tailfin as in a risqué rhyming couplet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2009
Beyoncé proves her Dreamgirls turn was no fluke in this so-so Blues melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 19, 2009
In story terms, its cavalcade of melodrama and conflict isn't always persuasive, but writer-director Darnell Martin's respect for the music shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 19, 2009
Her warts-and-all history of the blues has as much documentary truth as a West End musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 19, 2009
But asking her to play Etta James, even packing a few extra pounds around the hips, was a mistake: she wobbles, and tries to sound husky, and the movie sags noticeably under the sense of effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Heat Magazine
February 19, 2009
The story of Chess Records (Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry etc) is a tad episodic, but the cast, including Beyonce, is strong.
| Original Score: 3/5
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