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Marley Reviews

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Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
May 10, 2012
Will get you up to speed regarding all things Marley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2012
For a movie this long, it's too bad there isn't more footage of Marley in performance, joyously bringing music to the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 4, 2012
...likely as close as we'll ever come to a definitive film biography of this gnomic figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Macdonald effectively lets the talking heads and the music explain the longevity of Marley's appeal.
Rob Gonsalves
April 30, 2012
Recounts a short life that seemed to straddle worlds and eras, and perhaps the definitive portrait will never be filmed or written. Until it is, though, there's always the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
April 28, 2012
Marley is a terrific documentary. It goes beyond one figure, and captures the essence of life itself. The film is as infectious and spiritual as one of his songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 27, 2012
Good documentaries make us want to know more about their subject. But great ones like Marley don't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
April 27, 2012
It's certainly comprehensive, even if -- at two and a half hours long -- not exactly concise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 26, 2012
If you'd asked me a month ago how Marley had died, I might have cluelessly suggested a drug overdose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
The List
April 25, 2012
Chronicles the life and times of the first musical superstar from the third world to gain a global audience, with the reggae singer's posthumous Legend album selling some 25 million copies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2012
In the end, it's just good, comprehensive storytelling, a film that justifies the legend rather than hypes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 22, 2012
Gradually, the dreadlocks, the music and the cloud of ganja smoke come together to form as recognisable an image as that of the equally short-lived Che Guevara.
Craig D. Lindsey
April 21, 2012
As far as documentaries on the late, reggae-singing revolutionary Bob Marley go (and I've seen a couple in my time), Marley is definitely the most comprehensive -- almost exhaustingly so.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
April 20, 2012
The film never shows us Marley in a complete performance. It's hard to understand the magic of a man whose most awesome moments are reduced to edited snippets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
April 20, 2012
It smartly captures his dynamic personality both through the words of those who knew him, and more importantly, through his enduring music.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 20, 2012
Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2012
Macdonald supplies some interesting and novel details about the musician's life and art, though the movie's narrative arc and documentary methods are totally predictable.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Marley finally gives the world an authoritative, nonhagiographic survey of Marley's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 20, 2012
This is an appropriately exhaustive study of the man and his music, its only failing is the absence of a decent political analysis of Rastafari and the beliefs that informed Marley to the end of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 20, 2012
It's a meticulously researched, consistently interesting documentary about superstar Bob Marley - and it makes two-and-a-half hours pass by in a flash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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