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Singer Rita Chiarelli performs for inmates at a Louisiana prison.

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Critic Reviews for Music From the Big House

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  • Even with a gripping subject like blues-singing convicts, the documentary "Music from the Big House" has a disconcerting emotional distance.

    June 15, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't look for Elvis in this stark musical doc set in a maximum security prison.

    June 5, 2012 | Full Review…
  • [It] gets across a general notion of music as universal solace. But the filmmakers hesitate at going deeper into the dark places of the prisoners' biographies and the storied prison itself.

    June 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift.

    May 29, 2012 | Full Review…
  • McDonald's film ultimately boils down to being just another competent but slightly dull prison doc, albeit a toe-tapping one.

    April 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances are fun, if musically only adequate -- there are no evident virtuosi languishing within Angola's walls -- and Chiarelli's attempts to frame matters philosophically fall a little flat.

    April 4, 2011 | Full Review…

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