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Jersey Boys (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Jersey Boys is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there's no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments.

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Clint Eastwood's big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical.(c) Warner Bros.
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R (for language thoughout)
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Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Christopher Walken
as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo
John Lloyd Young
as Frankie Valli
Vincent Piazza
as Tommy DeVito
Erich Bergen
as Bob Gaudio
Michael Lomenda
as Nick Massi
Kathrine Narducci
as Frankie's Mother
Lou Volpe
as Frankie's Father
John Cannizzaro
as Nick DeVito
Michael Patrick McGill
as Officer Mike
Lacey Hannan
as Angela
Scott Vance
as Detective #1
Steve Rankin
as Detective #2
Scott Michael Morgan
as Prison Guard
Annika Noelle
as Nick's Date
Clint Ward
as Officer Stanley
Michael Butler Murray
as Backup Musician #1
William Watterson
as Backup Musician #2
David Storm Newton
as Guy at the Bar
David Newton
as Guy at the Bar
John Duerler
as Bartender
Keith Loneker
as Knuckles
James Madio
as Stosh
Jeremy Luke
as Donnie
Kathryn Ann Reeves
as Tommy's Girlfriend
Allison Wilhelm
as Coat Check Girl
Francesca Eastwood
as Waitress #1
Alexandra Ruddy
as Waitress #2
Travis Nicholson
as Country Singer
Joe Abraham
as Rockabilly Singer
Meagan Holder
as Jazz Singer
Chaz Langley
as Hal Miller
Lou George
as Publisher #1
Michael Lanahan
as Publisher #2
Phil Abrams
as Publisher #3
Mike Doyle
as Bob Crewe
Aria Pullman
as Attractive Woman
Tye Edwards
as Crewe Bartender
Nancy La Scala
as Art Loving Woman
Katelyn Pacitto
as Bubble-Head #1
Kara Pacitto
as Bubble-Head #2
Sean Whalen
as Engineer
Heather Ferguson Pond
as Miss Frankie Nolan
Angel Murphy
as Jazz-Cat
John Griffin
as Billy Dixon
Billy Gardell
as Our Sons Owner
Donnie Kehr
as Norm Waxman
Grace Kelley
as Francine (4)
Steve Monroe
as Barry Belson
Danielle Souza
as Scatily Clad Woman
Alexis Krause
as Party Girl
Elizabeth Hunter
as Francine (7)
Maggie Beal
as Antonia Valli
Ashley Rose Joyner
as Celia Valli
Kimmy Gatewood
as Angel #1
Jackie Seiden
as Angel #2
Kyli Rae
as Angel #3
Jeff DePaoli
as Stage Manager
Troy Grant
as Ed Sullivan
Jeremy Ratchford
as Police Officer
Barry Livingston
as Accountant
Erica Piccininni
as Lorraine
Rob Marnell
as Joe Long
Miles Aubrey
as Charlie Calello
Johnny Dinu
as New Season #3
Ben Rauch
as New Season #4
David Crane
as Hanlon Inn Clerk
Freya Tingley
as Francine (17)
Marco Tazioli
as Bad-News Boyfriend
Grant Roberts
as Johnny
Joe Howard
as Priest
Matt Nolan
as Engineer #2
Jon Paul Burkhart
as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Jersey Boys

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (51)

A scattered, haphazard, thoroughly confused film that can't figure out if it's meant to be a winningly cutesy musical or a gritty narrative about life in crime-ridden 1950s New Jersey.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Jersey Boys comes to life only toward the end.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
ReelViews
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It's glossy and entertaining but also safe and conventional. If my father had lived to age 72, he would have loved this movie. This is your target audience.

Full Review… | June 21, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

At times the movie version of "Jersey Boys" captures the electric excitement of the musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Curiously moribund ...

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Slate
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jersey Boys

A dull, uninvolving and derivative biopic full of the clichés that Eastwood has by now become an expert on, and it doesn't give us any reason why this story deserves to be told or what makes those characters remotely interesting besides Frankie Valli's voice.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Though there is little in the way of directorial ingenuity, Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boy" is a delightfully light (R-rated) musical biopic following the quick rise and slow burn demise of the Frankie Valli fronted "The Four Seasons." Though Eastwood's film is too long and feels a little like Scorsese-light (especially in it's earliest moments), the performances are on point. I liked the cast, the musical numbers, and the largely rudimentary biographical drama. It hasn't dethroned the stage play by any stretch of the imagination, and Eastwood's cut-and-paste approach to directing this material is disappointing. However, "Jersey Boys" is old fashioned storytelling that I had no problem getting behind based on it's strengths and infectious soundtrack.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

It's clear that Clint Eastwood doesn't understand the first thing about making a musical. He grossly mishandles the source material. What made the original such a joy was the wonderful plethora of hit songs from the Four Seasons, not the generic Behind the Music-style story. Eastwood highlights the weakest aspects of the play while de-emphasizing the music. The elephantine length clocks in at 2 hours and 15 minutes, but it feels twice that long. It is a laborious chore to sit through. It's a full hour before we even hear a recognizable Four Seasons song. Granted the singing is the best part. That's because the music is inherently good. But the musical numbers are realized with all the excitement of a trip to the dentist. They should be lively and innovative. Instead the actors come out, hit their mark, sway while they sing and leave. This is a movie for goodness sakes. You could do things here with color, lights, effects, to punch up the production that you can't on the stage. Music videos take advantage of this fact, why can't this movie? There's one example of that spirit in the whole picture. It happens at the end as they are rolling the credits. Oh what Bill Condon or Baz Luhrmann could have done with this material. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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