Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool


Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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Entertaining for longtime fans as well as casually interested viewers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool burnishes the legacy of a brilliant artist.



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A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.


Carl Lumbly
as Miles Davis (Voice)

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Critic Reviews for Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (3)

  • The result, for the most part, is pleasant and informative, if not particularly inspiring or revelatory. But now and then, the music and images can't help but break through.

    Sep 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is kind of brilliant in the way it covers and contextualizes more than 50 years of groundbreaking music in barely two hours.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a film that Miles himself would recognize - truthful, gritty, elegantly musical, unpredictable and even surprising - the kind of complex yet elegiac tribute a man as relentlessly real as Miles Davis deserves.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A gossipy and very musical primer on Davis, who is, needless to say (though it is said and said), among the giants of jazz.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • You'll want to listen to Miles' music after watching the film and, when you do, you might feel it a little deeper.

    Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For either newcomers or fans, the documentary's cradle-to-grave, talking-head approach too readily threatens to take the zip, romance, and funk out of a fascinating subject who would be nothing without those very elements.

    Aug 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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