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Only the Strong Survive Reviews

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
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 12, 2003
... the music is great, but as a film thumbs down.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 9, 2003
Unfortunately, it's not a great movie -- and given the filmmakers involved, that's a criminal disappointment.
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
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
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
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 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
An affair that for long stretches resembles a Time-Life infomercial hawking Memphis soul CDs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
If you knew nothing about the evolution of American soul going in, you won't be any the wiser coming out.
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-
May 7, 2003
A vital musical ramble, showing us where some of soul's founders landed after their moment of pop glory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2003
Lacks the journalistic hook of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, but there are moments that will induce the susceptible to break into a big foolish grin.
January 25, 2003
It's fascinating to watch a group of artists who still get an enormous buzz from performing.