The Cotton Club Reviews

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February 10, 2020
For all its visual pyrotechnics, [the film] probably adds up the sum of its parts to nothing more significant than the largely empty stylistics of One From the Heart, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. But at least those parts are consistently attractive.
February 22, 2019
This movie would have been ruined by good taste. It is spendthrift on every level but logic, and at times inane, yet a smashing entertainment.
October 22, 2018
The Cotton Club is an expensive fiasco that meanders through the '20s and '30s with flimsy characters and a pointless plot.
March 12, 2018
The music and dancing isn't enough of a substitute to make this a satisfying film and it may seem more distended than it really is.
January 3, 2018
It's the most entertaining art film of the year, the kind of movie you can't help smiling along with.
August 25, 2012
Sharply uneven, Coppola's period musical about he famous Harlem club is lavishly produced but shallow.
July 6, 2010
Dramatically, Coppola and coscreenwriter William Kennedy, juggle a lot of balls in the air. The parallel stories of Gere and Hines' professional rise prove more potent, thanks largely to a mixture of romance, music and gangland involvement.
March 13, 2009
Given its garish production history, one rather expected The Cotton Club to sing with hot-jazz desperation. Instead, we get the mediocre craftsmanship of a pit band in Vegas.
March 13, 2009
This musical gangster movie is a tour de force, even if a little muddled.
September 13, 2008
December 11, 2007
Lavish, interesting, evocative but strained and self-conscious, Cotton Club is all watchable curiosity.
December 11, 2007
It was the most assured film Coppola had made in a decade, full of casual wit and visual invention.
October 24, 2007
June 24, 2006
The narrative is a mess despite the simplistic twinning of tales, and -- worse yet -- keeps interrupting the heart-stopping hoofing.
July 7, 2005
May 6, 2005
October 23, 2004
Whatever it took to do it, Coppola has extracted a very special film out of the checkered history of this project.
June 5, 2004
Energetic and involving.
March 5, 2004
August 20, 2003
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