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Cadillac Records Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 4, 2008
All formula, all the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
December 5, 2008
Cadillac Records exists mainly as a holiday throw-away for those with a deep and abiding love for the kind of music it showcases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 3, 2008
Cadillac Records is as flat as the LPs you'd be better off listening to for the 109 minutes required to watch the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
December 2, 2008
A disjointed attempt at covering far too many angles and artists to make for a cohesive film ... this isn't the movie that'll get these musicians the respect they deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 19, 2009
This is a join-the-dots yawn-fest of the laziest kind, ditching any serious attempt to get its teeth into the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Collar
TV Guide
December 5, 2008
A historically suspect picture of the Chess Records legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 8, 2008
There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie.
Katey Rich
November 29, 2008
Beyoncé emotes and cries and seduces at all the right moments, but her character obscures what should have been the heart of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 30, 2008
Visually and narratively flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
December 14, 2008
An entertaining but frustrating film. There are some good performances, and some great music, but the movie is too jumbled and confused to reach the heights to which it aspires.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
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+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 3, 2008
The result feels even more cursory and rushed than the average music biopic, a genre that's already difficult to depict without lapsing into self-parody.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Matt Pais
December 4, 2008
If Cadillac Records had a theme song, it would be Zeppelin's 'Communication Breakdown' or House of Pain's 'Jump Around.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 6, 2008
Aurally satisfying but the R&B soundtrack instead.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 5, 2008
Fifty years on, we're still living with the aftershocks of what Muddy and Wolf invented and the Chess brothers midwived, but it's in the air and not yet on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 5, 2008
Too bad for Knowles that she's only part of Darnell Martin's rushed mess of a movie that jams the story of Chicago-based Chess Records into one incoherent package.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
December 2, 2008
There doesn't seem to be a single fact contained within writer-director Darnell Martin's ham-fisted fiction, which renders pre-rock musical history as yet another downer soap opera.
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Joey Guerra
Houston Chronicle
December 5, 2008
Martin could have made a much more compelling film by focusing on just a few characters instead of trying to deconstruct an entire record label.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
December 10, 2008
Features some good acting - you show them, Beyonce - but too many stories drain the effect of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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