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Made in America Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
July 25, 2014
The tone is too reverential, yet it keeps a pleasant rhythm.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 17, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
July 10, 2014
While it doesn't make great use of its Opie-meets-Hova potential, the line-up is impressively diverse enough to satisfy music fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
July 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 8, 2014
Not quite a concert documentary, cluttered, but an interesting primer on the state of music circa 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2014
Less music-stuffed but more conceptually ambitious than the average music doc.
Henry Northmore
The List
May 20, 2014
It's a bit too self-congratulatory but does highlight the enormity and impact of staging such a huge event.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Melissa Camacho
Common Sense Media
October 8, 2013
Jay Z music fest docu fun for music lovers; strong lyrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
October 7, 2013
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.
Jason Gorber
September 17, 2013
The sentiment is pure, and the assemblage of talent is indeed interesting. What's promising on a cinematic front are the great documentary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Katherine Monk
July 18, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Silver
July 17, 2014
Have you long dreamed of watching Skrillex explain his process to Ron Howard? Then "Made in America" was made for you. Otherwise?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jason Heller
AV Club
July 10, 2014
Bombastic and pedestrian at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
July 10, 2014
The unlikely team-up of rapper/businessman Jay Z and filmmaker Ron Howard doesn't result in odd-couple fireworks. Try familiar yawns instead.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 8, 2014
A feature-length commercial for the Jay-Z brand.
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
July 8, 2014
Made In America is an all-too-accurate reflection of the safe, boring, middle-aged politician Jay-Z has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David D'Arcy
Screen International
July 7, 2014
Made In America's ode to opportunity and achievement begs for a deeper reality check.
David Lee Dallas
Slant Magazine
July 7, 2014
What could have been a spirited dissection of Jay-Z's optimistic enterprise is instead merely an advertisement for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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