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Cadillac Records Reviews

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December 9, 2008
It's fast, slick and well acted. Lots of energy and a soulful performance by Wright make this well worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2008
Terrific performances make mature musical biopic memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2008
I think music fans will enjoy this.
December 8, 2008
There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie.
December 8, 2008
The film suffers at times from biopic-itis -- the narrative unfolds with the requisite heartbreak carefully apportioned -- but it's always eye-catching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 8, 2008
Highly recommended musical melodrama revisits rise of Chess Records, despite the glaring omission of Aretha who recorded her very first album with legendary company in 1956. How about showing the Queen of Soul a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2008
There's enough material here for a television mini-series, and cramming it into less than two hours can't help but make it seem like a Cliffs Notes version.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 6, 2008
Aurally satisfying but superficial...buy the R&B soundtrack instead.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
December 6, 2008
While the storyline is somewhat disjointed, the music really shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2008
The movie charts the rise and fall of the label without ever centering on any characters or relationships; it's history without personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 5, 2008
Parts of Cadillac Records surface as warm reminders of a timeless musical era. Most of Cadillac Records comes across as a miserable Saturday Night Live skit without the benefit of a sleep-deprived audience to feign approval.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 5, 2008
A historically suspect picture of the Chess Records legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 5, 2008
Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music.
December 5, 2008
While the story could use a tighter focus, the ensemble is strong and the music makes Cadillac Records worth catching.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2008
One of the strengths of Cadillac Records, written and directed by Darnell Martin, is that it's a movie about music by someone who genuinely seems to enjoy listening to music.
December 5, 2008
Any of these musicians deserves a Walk the Line or Coal Miner's Daughter-type biopic of their own; perhaps this flawed but enjoyable movie is the first step toward that.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2008
A good general rule is that if one performance is good, credit the actor. But if everyone in the movie is doing excellent work, this is no coincidence. This is the product of superior direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2008
Martin, who also wrote the script, takes liberties with the Chess story, most notably dispensing altogether with Phil Chess. But "Cadillac Records" is such an exhilarating, spirited piece of work that its embellishments and omissions cease to matter.
December 5, 2008
With this cast doing its own singing, and history this rich, it's close enough for rock 'n' roll.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2008
'Cadillac Records' has the talent and the music that should propel audiences to come see where the heart of rock and roll started.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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