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Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Reviews

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October 9, 2016
Part documentary, part concert film, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a detailed, no-holds-barred look at one of the most important and mysterious figures in rock history.
September 10, 2014
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is as long and unwieldy as its title, but it's probably the most revealing look we'll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.
September 10, 2014
This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing.
September 10, 2014
What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle.
September 10, 2014
It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.
September 10, 2014
Overlong but marvelously energetic.
September 10, 2014
The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2014
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis.
September 10, 2014
Entertaining as it often is, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! could have used a little less showmanship, a little more confidence in its wonderful subject.
September 10, 2014
Whatever the grammatic contortions of its title, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock `n` Roll offers a compelling portrait of a hardened veteran of the business called show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2014
Ultimately, though, it's the music that really matters, and Hackford certainly doesn't deny his audience that pleasure.
September 10, 2014
Hackford just lets his cameras roll -- and the film rocks.
September 10, 2014
One of the screen's most accomplished pop biographies ever, easily on a par with The Last Waltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2004
Does just what the title says--and with great spunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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