The Cotton Club Reviews

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.
October 22, 2018
The Cotton Club is an expensive fiasco that meanders through the '20s and '30s with flimsy characters and a pointless plot.
January 3, 2018
It's the most entertaining art film of the year, the kind of movie you can't help smiling along with.
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.
December 11, 2007
It was the most assured film Coppola had made in a decade, full of casual wit and visual invention.
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
October 23, 2004
Whatever it took to do it, Coppola has extracted a very special film out of the checkered history of this project.
August 20, 2003
June 6, 2001
The film's period settings and spectacular on-stage showbiz set-pieces are fabulous, its meandering script much less so.