Jersey Boys Reviews

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August 30, 2019
Clint Eastwood's cinematic treatment of musical Jersey Boys plays it safe in nearly every possible regard.
August 8, 2019
Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does.
March 26, 2019
A largely dull music industry saga, more TV movie than vibrant celebration of American youth culture.
January 31, 2019
Eastwood's Jersey Boys has its flaws... But, there's still the music.
January 24, 2019
Young reprises his Broadway role and is adequate, but like the rest of the film it's a performance that never quite provides an emotional investment for the audience.
November 3, 2018
The music is great and there are even a few goose-bump moments when Frankie teams up with his writing partner and they try out a new hit. Nevertheless, when the music isn't playing, the film is nothing more than a cursory timeline of the group.
August 31, 2018
Sinks as if it had concrete blocks tied to its windpipes.
September 12, 2017
Large sections of the storytelling feel inert, and some key moments get short shrift.
June 7, 2016
For a movie about the Four Seasons, this sure lacks spring.
December 31, 2015
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.
October 8, 2015
Given Mr. Eastwood's well-established musicality, though, it's not at all surprising that it's during the musical numbers the film truly comes alive.
June 9, 2015
Just about every directorial choice here is so clankingly at odds with the material that, as the song goes, I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It's like watching Ingmar Bergman's Grease.
November 11, 2014
With Jersey Boys, a spectacular musical gets a slight big-screen treatment that dilutes the show's dynamic musical sequences and compelling character arcs.
November 10, 2014
It's an idea that should have worked marvelously for the screen, but without the same energy from the music being put into the narrative, it's not surprising at all that it would hit a flat note early on and never be able to recover.
November 6, 2014
I just found myself enjoying the music more than the events taking place on-screen.
October 10, 2014
Jersey Boys features brilliant art direction but frustrates in equal measure by straddling too many decades, with the scant emotions of an off-set death clearly defining the problem.
August 24, 2014
"Jersey Boys" is wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing.
August 6, 2014
At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.'
August 1, 2014
It's not a totally bad film, it just makes a lot of bad choices and ends up dragging when it should be engaging, and it frustrates more often than it entertains.
July 12, 2014
I'd always take the live stage show if given a choice but if you're a fan of The Four Seasons, there's probably nothing I can say that'll stop you from seeing this.
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