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.


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Critic Reviews for Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…
  • Nelson has made many lauded documentaries about the black experience in America. His life of Miles is comprehensive and stimulating, frequently illuminating, but also frustrating.

    Aug 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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