Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Reviews

February 21, 2020
Like many music documentaries, this profile of groundbreaking trumpet player and bandleader Miles Davis feels constrained by its conventional length, and devotes too little time to too many subjects.
October 4, 2019
One really would rather listen to the music, instead of hearing the same talking points about it.
August 23, 2019
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.
August 19, 2019
The movie's simple arc and conventional contours flatten both the passionate originality of Davis's music and the destructive chaos of his life.