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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
September 10, 2014
Hackford just lets his cameras roll -- and the film rocks.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
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
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2004
Does just what the title says--and with great spunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2014
It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 10, 2014
Overlong but marvelously energetic.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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.

Film4
September 10, 2014
Ultimately, though, it's the music that really matters, and Hackford certainly doesn't deny his audience that pleasure.
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