Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

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  • Mr. Dynamite is a fitting reminder of the singer's power and influence; the story of an artist whose rise mirrored the journey of black America from segregation to success.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

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  • Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is an assured threading-of-the-needle, slowly working its way to the sweet spot where the man and the legend overlap.

    October 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Joshua Alston

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  • There's so much to the Brown story that focus becomes an issue in a film like Alex Gibney's "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown." How do you capture the hardest working man in show business in just two hours?

    October 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A documentary film on the life and times of James Brown as the times made the music and the music shaped the times, it is a long, soulful scream over an insistent funky vamp.

    October 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • People make documentaries about musicians all the time, and some of them are rich with insight. But even among the best of the bunch, few are as thorough about the artist's music as Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.

    October 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a smart, informative and compassionate look at the artist known as the Godfather of Soul, whose music changed America.

    October 27, 2014 | Full Review…

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