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The Cotton Club Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 25, 2012
Sharply uneven, Coppola's period musical about he famous Harlem club is lavishly produced but shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

March 13, 2009
This musical gangster movie is a tour de force, even if a little muddled.
Cole Smithey
September 13, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
December 11, 2007
Lavish, interesting, evocative but strained and self-conscious, Cotton Club is all watchable curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 11, 2007
It was the most assured film Coppola had made in a decade, full of casual wit and visual invention.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 24, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Whatever it took to do it, Coppola has extracted a very special film out of the checkered history of this project.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Energetic and involving.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 20, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
Coppola's most shamefully underrated movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jimmy Summers
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
There're always something and someone interesting just around the corner; and, if Coppola seems to have difficulty with the story's narrative line, he does manage to help the audience keep straight the huge cast of characters.
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 16, 2001
Coppola's claustrophobic fall from Eden is both fascinating and beautiful to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 16, 2001
There are lots of good ideas, but none of them are really worked out or honed
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
July 22, 2001
Gangsters, tap dancers, and jazz musicians collide!
| Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The narrative is a mess despite the simplistic twinning of tales.
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