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Though it doesn't fully capture the electrifying spirit of its subject, Finding Fela! is a solid overview of the life and work of a musical revolutionary. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Alex Gibney uses period interviews and performances plus highlights of the Broadway production of "Fela!" to tell the story of Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti.

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  • The problem isn't really finding Fela, but containing him.

    September 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Gibney unearths a wealth of archive footage that reaffirms Kuti's superstar status, and watches as Jones wrestles with the contradictions that made the musician such a troublesome icon - confronting some, sidestepping others.

    September 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fela died in the late 1990s but Gibney has assembled plenty of footage of him performing, and he makes a convincing case for him as both a political and a musical visionary (and a relentless womaniser).

    September 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Finding Fela fully earns its two-hour running time, and could easily have sustained more, such is the wealth of material and music, and such is the brisk momentum maintained by Gibney and editor Lindy Jankura.

    September 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Kuti made politics to dance to, and music that made you think. The slick presentation of Gibney's film successfully gets that appeal across, but the method feels compromised.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Long and undisciplined.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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