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Bombastic and pedestrian at the same time.
A feature-length commercial for the Jay-Z brand.
Less music-stuffed but more conceptually ambitious than the average music doc.
Less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event.
Seriously, no one should sleep on the wisdom Jay-Z has to offer. This guy isn't one of the richest dudes in the music business on a fluke. He knows how to talk the talk and it is fun to watch him do it.
The tone is too reverential, yet it keeps a pleasant rhythm.
It's kind of interesting to watch Opie hang with Jay-Z and Eddie Vedder, but it doesn't really add value to anyone's image. It just feels like we've been given backstage access to a big show and we're being chaperoned every second.
While music doesn't take a back seat, it's more of a passenger than a driver. It feels like nonstop music without the generic concert format. But you learn or intuit something in the process.
Have you long dreamed of watching Skrillex explain his process to Ron Howard? Then "Made in America" was made for you. Otherwise?
While it doesn't make great use of its Opie-meets-Hova potential, the line-up is impressively diverse enough to satisfy music fans.
The unlikely team-up of rapper/businessman Jay Z and filmmaker Ron Howard doesn't result in odd-couple fireworks. Try familiar yawns instead.
Doesn't have the screentime to truly address the nation's woes, but it manages to capture despondency and a building sense of hope through the unification of sound.
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