Jimi: All Is by My Side Reviews

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August 22, 2018
The greatest disappointment here is that whilst Benjamin totally embodies the spirit of Hendrix... the performance he gives is far greater than the story it's contained within.
February 19, 2015
[A] disjointed and clumsily made biopic of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.
February 1, 2015
Andr Benjamin does a fair job of conveying Hendrix's languid charisma and grace... But the soapy drama remains about as convincing as the troop of rock lookalikes who file past at intervals.
January 1, 2015
Andre 3000 makes an A-grade Hendrix, but this biopic sees the legend's legacy fall into a bit of a haze.
October 26, 2014
The woozy soundtrack and jump-cut visuals add a touch of period hallucinogenics, but the intimate detail never rings true.
October 24, 2014
Unfortunately, for all Benjamin's fine work All is By My Side is one long string of such cliches and counts as a major disappointment.
October 23, 2014
What is the point of a musician biopic if you don't get to hear the soundtrack to their life?
October 23, 2014
Imagine a film portrait of Jimi Hendrix without the drugs that killed him at 27 and the rock that would make him immortal.
October 22, 2014
Benjamin looks the part, but his stilted performance is pure Razzie-bait, plus he's 39.
October 21, 2014
Pants. Groovy purple bell bottoms, but still pants.
October 21, 2014
The fact we don't hear a single Jimi Hendrix song throughout this production proves to be mightily detrimental to the overall piece,
October 20, 2014
The result disappoints, despite its leads' best efforts.
October 2, 2014
A hip-looking mess of a movie, made tolerable by Benjamin's spacey-cool Hendrix. Great costumes, few insights.
September 27, 2014
Ridley confines his subject to small nightclubs and even smaller apartments, where we hear little music and a lot of talk. Too much talk; all of it in service of a movie with shockingly little to say.
September 26, 2014
Throughout the film, you may be thinking about Hendrix's songs. You may even be humming them to yourself. But you certainly won't be hearing them.
September 26, 2014
You can sense the movie's desire to break free of the demands of the rock biopic, but you can also sense it constantly being pulled back.
September 26, 2014
All is By My Side amounts to a series of imagined conversations, with Andre Benjamin struggling to hold our attention through them.
September 25, 2014
A strangely lethargic and self-consciously arty trudge that struggles to find a narrative through-line or turn the great Hendrix into a vivid personality.
September 25, 2014
To really understand Hendrix, Ridley would have had to reach much farther back.
September 25, 2014
Think of a famous Hendrix song. For that matter, think of an obscure Hendrix song. Whatever you're thinking of, it's not in the movie. That's a little like making a film about Henry Ford without ever showing a car.
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