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Cadillac Records Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2011
It turns out to be grittier and more lowdown than that Ray Charles bio.
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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
February 26, 2009
The music, largely performed by the actors, is highly enjoyable.
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
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
February 20, 2009
Anyone who likes pop music or wonders how bands like the Rolling Stones got rolling will enjoy the ride.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
February 19, 2009
Beyoncé proves her Dreamgirls turn was no fluke in this so-so Blues melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
February 19, 2009
A perfectly serviceable addition to a well-stocked genre that acts as a fine showcase for not only the strong cast but the timeless tunes that made Chess Records a cornerstone of popular music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2009
A busy sometimes incoherent biopic about legendary Chicago blues / R&B label Chess Records during its '50s peak, Cadillac Records jams half a dozen music legends into one overstuffed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2009
This terrifically tuneful movie offers a fascinating taste of musical history, with Beyonce just fine as Etta James.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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