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Marley (2012)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae's greatest star.

Movie Info

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, thematic elements and some violent images)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2012
Box Office: $1.4M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

News & Interviews for Marley

Critic Reviews for Marley

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (30)

Marley is highly watchable, finely crafted legacy preservation - and it's either a white-washed sham or awesomely shaded.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It wants to show us the man behind the famous dreads, beatific smile and durable songs of love, hope and longing. In this task it succeeds admirably.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Although Marley's immense talent, drive, charisma, marketing savvy, and complexity are too big for any film or book to capture, here, at least, they emerge in vibrant glory.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Playboy Online

Comprehensive docu on iconic reggae musician.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
Common Sense Media

Serve[s] its many audiences, doing so without succumbing to faults that so easily could have plagued the film. Well crafted, with a soundtrack that's drawn from the astounding career of its subject, MARLEY joins the pantheon of top-notch music films.

Full Review… | December 28, 2012

Concert footage includes some of Bob Marley's best-known songs, "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry," "One Love" and many others. Interviews with people who knew Marley at different times of his life provide a lot of color.

Full Review… | December 10, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Marley


An exhaustive (2.5 hour) chronicle of the life of the world famous reggae legend. Die-hard fans will be thrilled with the extensive interviews and concert footage; as a more casual fan, after an hour I had learned almost everything I ever wanted to know about the man and was ready for the filmmakers to wrap it up---I was shocked to realize I was less than halfway through the movie.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Marley is an insightful, inspirational, and deeply moving documentary on the life of a legend. Though the runtime is a bit much, and the film starts to drag near the end, for the most part, Marly features electrifying concert footage, and great interviews. Hilarious, touching, disturbing, exhausting, fascinating and sad, Marley is a must see for any Bob Marley fan.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Marley is a must watch documentary about the musical icon that was and is Bob Marley. There isn't a person around who doesn't know the name, despite the fact that they may not be familiar with his music. For fans of his, this is a real treat. Marley's life is handled with such care. Every aspect of his life is given its due share. We see the life of Marley from his birth to a white man and black woman to his ultimate death at the age of 36. In between, there's a lot of emphasis put on his political and religious views. 

I couldn't think another documentary will ever touch this one on sheer information and entertainment value. There's some better musical figure documentaries out there, but not too many. This isn't only a must watch for his die hard fans, but for music lovers in general. Even if you don't like him, there's no denying that he is one of the biggest icons in music ever. You definitely have to have a taste for his music to enjoy it, but still, even if you don't like his music, watch this film.

Marley is a informative, entertaining, and stunning piece of filmmaking. It's a long film, at about two and a half hours, but the runtime never drags. There's enough stuff that happened in Marley's life to warrant a runtime of this scale. There's some great footage and pictures that just add to the overall entertainment value the film already has. There's amazing interviews that range from Marley's lovers to his kids to his lawyer to his childhood friends to his bandmates. Each interview gives us another piece of Marley's life.

I expected a great documentary and that is exactly what I got. I was glued to the movie the entire time and actually did end up learn some stuff I had never even heard about. It's a movie that knows exactly what it set out to achieve and it did, and then some.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Marley Quotes

Bob Marley: I catch ya!
– Submitted by John G (3 years ago)
Bob Marley: Love, prosperity, unity, Jah..Rastafari.
– Submitted by Dipen P (3 years ago)
Bob Marley: Music goes ba ba ba ba, reggae music has 3 beats and then you imagine the 4th.
– Submitted by Greg H (3 years ago)
Bob Marley: One love.
– Submitted by Ben P (3 years ago)

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