Jersey Boys Reviews

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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.
June 30, 2014
Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film.
June 27, 2014
It's just that there's a particular combination of looseness, swagger, camaraderie, melancholy and melody in the last sequence; the film itself is solid and entertaining, but right at the end it all comes together in a moment of imaginative flight.
June 22, 2014
Jersey Boys comes to life only toward the end.
June 21, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
Curiously moribund ...
June 20, 2014
[The movie] hauls out just about every showbiz cliché in the catalog.
Top Critic
June 20, 2014
"Eastwood's got a feel for music (he composed the scores for most of his recent films). But he doesn't have a particular flair for musical staging."
June 20, 2014
The film is a funny mix of formulaic and fresh. The numbers are too polished - there's no sense of discovery. But the songs and their harmonies are evergreen.
June 20, 2014
Aptly if somewhat awkwardly, Jersey Boys finds its most soulful moment in a movie version of a curtain call. Only it's pretty complicated when a movie's most rousing moment comes as the closing credits roll.
June 20, 2014
Valli and the Four Seasons' story might well have been true, but as drama, it's thin and occasionally dull.
June 20, 2014
Old Man (Clint Eastwood, 84) makes movie about old musical group and manages to keep the whole enterprise from getting either stiff in the joints or whiffy with nostalgia
June 20, 2014
It's possible that no movie about music has ever treated its songs with more indifference than Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys.
June 20, 2014
What makes Jersey Boys work is its Rashomon device of letting each member of the group tell part of the story from his point of view. And it's all woven together by those familiar, catchy songs.
June 20, 2014
Clint can do no wrong for some of us. As we worship, so we believe. Jersey Boys, however, strains our faith.
June 20, 2014
As deliberately, consciously old-fashioned as it sometimes is, Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" is also often fresh, with a self-aware sense of fun ...
June 20, 2014
Trust me, you've watched condominium lobby channels that are more exciting than this.
June 20, 2014
The elephant in the room is Eastwood himself. He is the wrong director for this material, and this opinion comes from someone who loved "Million Dollar Baby," "Space Cowboys" and even those orangutan movies.
June 20, 2014
"Jersey Boys" hits the high notes with ease, and offers the low ones for contemplation.
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