Jazz on a Summer's Day - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jazz on a Summer's Day Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 27, 2016
Several of the performances are among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
August 2, 2013
The sense of well-being is immense.
Rob Gonsalves
January 21, 2010
It's a deeply pleasurable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 18, 2008
A fascinating, electrifying, and invaluable social document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2008
It's Americana, and a document of its time as well via observation of audiences and the life surrounding the Newport event, not least the neatly-integrated footage concerning the America Cup Yacht Races.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 9, 2008
Bert Stern's one film compels in capturing musical spirit before gatherings of the tribe became commercial orchestrated total-package mega-spectacles.
Steve Crum
March 22, 2008
Loaded with jazz greats, documentary chronicles jazz festival, features Satchmo, Chuck Berry, many others.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
This documentary record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is often hailed as one of the first and most influential live concert films.
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 21, 2005
As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
Stunning documentary account of the 1958 Newport Jazz festival, featuring an incomparable line-up of musicians and lovingly filmed in the idyllic setting of Rhode Island on a beautiful (yes, you guessed it) summer's day.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 30, 2001
Jazz bounds from strength to strength, stylishly immortalizing transcendently beautiful music on a glorious day, suggesting in the process that film might have no higher purpose.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made.
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