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Marley Reviews

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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
April 19, 2012
The bloat and heft of the doc's narrative scope leaves the viewer awash in a sea of historical "facts" with very little sense of the human experience behind the curtain of celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2012
I'd have preferred more of the material presented during the final credits, a montage showing Marley's influence and fanbase in different parts of the globe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 20, 2012
It's hard to imagine audiences who don't know much about the man sticking around for more than a few minutes of this. And they're the ones who need to know about him most of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2012
Bob Marley wrote the same song about 8,000 times, and the documentary "Marley" makes sure to include each version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2012
You'll walk away from this ambitious documentary longing to hear Marley's voice again (thank heaven for iTunes) and with a deep respect for a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
September 18, 2012
A truly human portrait of an extraordinary life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2012
The movie has enormous force - because it's about a genius, yes, but even more so because of the intelligence, passion and wit of the people who knew Marley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2012
Kevin Macdonald's solid, informative, respectful bio-doc is not quite the dazzling, innovative non-fiction we might have expected from the Oscar-winning director of Touching the Void.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2012
The narrative does a solid job of explaining key elements of Marley's keen sensibility, including his deep identification with outsiders and his encompassing world view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
February 23, 2012
[A] generous, absorbing, family-authorized docu on the late, still-reigning king of reggae music.
April 19, 2013
Comprehensive docu on iconic reggae musician.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 20, 2012
It's exhaustive without being exhausting, an eye-opening and all-encompassing portrait that should go a long way to rescuing him from being a marijuana mascot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 15, 2012
A masterful doc to rival Macdonald's Touching The Void.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 19, 2012
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
April 20, 2012
Every now and then, the movie comes close to placing us where the music often did - in the realm of the mystical, with a beat everybody could dance to.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
April 18, 2012
Fans of Bob Marley's music have plenty to celebrate with MARLEY as well as fans of great music in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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