Only the Strong Survive - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Only the Strong Survive Reviews

Page 1 of 3
October 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2004
I would have prefered deeper insights... [but] as a concert film, this one's a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 15, 2003
Invaluable as a record of its subjects (including the late, great Rufus Thomas), but it doesn't cohere as a feature...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2003
The scrappy country cousin to the high-gloss Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2003
These survivors share a timelessness and a universality that remain untouched by the fickle shifts of popular culture.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 9, 2003
Fortunately, the performances themselves are beautifully filmed and recorded.
May 9, 2003
A film that even with its flaws should be cheered for preserving the later years of these towering musical talents.
May 9, 2003
Worth the time and money some of the summer's effects-driven spectacles probably won't be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2003
Most of the music is as fine and fierce as you could want.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2003
A celebration of the under-appreciated, and if any purpose beyond that is a bit fuzzy, it's a harmless aimlessness that likely won't get in the way for fans of the music.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 9, 2003
I'm not sure where you go to church, but you're unlikely to experience anything as holy as Jerry Butler doing a live version of his soul classic 'For Your Precious Love' in Only the Strong Survive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2003
Only the Strong Survive is a joyous tribute to soul music with some of the best singers of the 60s and 70s strutting their stuff on stage.
May 9, 2003
The classic soul that pumps, struts, growls and cries through Only the Strong Survive is so adrenalized that young audiences encountering the music for the first time could easily find themselves converted into old fogies.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 9, 2003
An entertaining documentary that catches up with R&B and soul superstars whose heydays were in the '50s to '70s.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 9, 2003
In this wonderfully musical, funny, good-hearted movie, the strong don't just survive, they thrive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 8, 2003
The film offers a terrific lineup, performers whose ability to enthrall audiences is undiminished years after their peak of popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 8, 2003
The movie is redeemed by the performances, which are uniformly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2003
It gets to you, watching R&B legends such as Sam Moore, Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, Carla Thomas and the names above dig deeper into the music they made in the Sixties and Seventies.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2003
Must be appreciated as an idiosyncratic chronicle as well as a collection of performances, some better than others.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2003
Witnessing these singers' grace is a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Page 1 of 3