Jimi: All Is by My Side Reviews

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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
Flawed but fascinating in an off-beat, groovy, weird, wise kind of a way.
October 23, 2014
Benjamin conveys something of Hendrix's gentleness and charm.
October 2, 2014
A hip-looking mess of a movie, made tolerable by Benjamin's spacey-cool Hendrix. Great costumes, few insights.
September 26, 2014
It's a risky approach that's bound to frustrate many folks, but it's also quite illuminating in its own way.
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
Thanks to Benjamin's performance and the unique quality of the subject itself, the movie's hard to dismiss.
September 26, 2014
A flawed, ambitious and deeply peculiar portrait of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic musical talents, in the year before he ascended to rock-god status, that resembles no other pop-music biopic you've ever seen.
September 26, 2014
Benjamin captures Hendrix's nodding swagger, his effortless cool, and most important, his voice - going beyond mimicry into some other, spookier realm.
September 26, 2014
The film's own spontaneous experimentation provides dazzling context for the musician's impact on the world.
September 25, 2014
Most of the action occurs below the surface -- genius giving birth to ideas, ambition crystallizing into action -- and, at times, Ridley's direction evokes the inner life with subtle invention.
September 25, 2014
One reason "All Is by My Side" works is that the story - with its girl, guy, guitar and revolution - is enjoyable, whether it's precisely true or not.
September 25, 2014
None of Jimi Hendrix's classic music found its way into "Jimi: All Is By My Side," but that doesn't hurt this moody, mesmerizing film one bit.
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
There's no doubt that Andre Benjamin is the film's magnetic core. His silky-voiced, dangerously volatile turn as Jimi Hendrix is a star-spangled triumph.
September 25, 2014
Liberated from playing the hits, Benjamin eloquently captures Hendrix's emerging style without having to succumb to jukebox-musical opportunism.
September 25, 2014
"Jimi: All Is by My Side" manages to keep an aura of mystery while letting us see the inspiration.
September 25, 2014
[Benjamin's] mesmerizing work saves this unique and somewhat controversial new biopic from a level of entirely un-Jimi-like mediocrity.
September 25, 2014
Andr Benjamin, from OutKast, is perfect as Hendrix, nailing his look (the teased-out nimbus of hair and groovy Carnaby Street threads) as well as his space-cadet cadences, his selfish dark side, and the way he comes alive on stage.
September 25, 2014
To really understand Hendrix, Ridley would have had to reach much farther back.
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