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Only the Strong Survive Reviews

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May 12, 2003
... the music is great, but as a film thumbs down.
July 22, 2003
A disorganized sprawl.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 13, 2009
...fails to give audiences as much frame of reference for the unifying economic, political and atmospheric elements that made the Stax brand of R&B soul music so powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 7, 2004
you get the feeling that Hegedus and Pennebaker couldn't care less about soul music.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
May 12, 2003
A loving look at soul's golden era that leaves you wanting more; a disappointment in some respects because it doesn't craft a more comprehensive, cohesive background.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 8, 2003
An affair that for long stretches resembles a Time-Life infomercial hawking Memphis soul CDs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2003
Unfortunately, it's not a great movie -- and given the filmmakers involved, that's a criminal disappointment.
May 28, 2003
Content to merely serve as a cluttered, heart-shaped scrapbook, missing many more stories than it bothers to include.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 7, 2003
...a grotesque showcase for Fox News gossip columnist Roger Friedman to embarrass himself by fawning all over his aging heroes for an hour and a half.
July 11, 2003
Lacks context, depth and a sense of purpose.
June 26, 2003
There's no problem with a little bias, but Friedman's fan-boy perspective puts the subjects of Only the Strong Survive on too high a pedestal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2003
This film has so many chances to spice up the screen... and passes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 9, 2003
With Friedman, the narrator and emissary, tossing questions as squishy as Jell-O and heaping praise on the performers for their unexceptional appearances on the oldies circuit, it's a wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 8, 2003
If you knew nothing about the evolution of American soul going in, you won't be any the wiser coming out.
May 9, 2003
A shoddy, borderline incompetent documentary that offers next to no context, a movie in which the performers are lucky if the filmmakers show them performing one song all the way through.
May 9, 2003
Shapeless, uninformative and strangely lacking in survival stories.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 11, 2003
The scrappy country cousin to the high-gloss Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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.
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