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Quincy presents an undeniably entertaining overview of its subject's remarkable life and career, albeit one that may leave some viewers wishing it had dug a little deeper.



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QUINCY is an intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force of nature in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended musical and racial boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of Black America. Beyond his own acclaim as a trumpeter, producer, conductor, composer and arranger, Jones's inimitable gift to discover the biggest talents of the past half of the century is unprecedented. He has mentored and cultivated the careers of young talents, from Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. With his boundless energy, Jones has also awakened many generations to the significance of humanitarian issues. QUINCY captures the kind of life that can only belong to a man with a big heart and an even bigger will to live forever. Directed by Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca and Hot Girls Wanted) and Alan Hicks (Keep On Keepin' On), QUINCY, a Netflix original documentary, seamlessly threads personal vérité moments with private archival footage to reveal a legendary life like no other.

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  • The film not only reveals little about its subject that wasn't already readily known, but also provides minimal perspective or analysis of why and how he was able to develop his talent.

    Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • The museum story actually would have made a better narrative arc for "Quincy," which instead wanders every which way, and never seems to get its subject to relax on camera.

    Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A comprehensive, loving, and yet surprisingly clear-eyed documentary portrait...

    Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • His triumphs from the earliest points of his career onward are exhilarating; the racism he is obliged to endure throughout is infuriating.

    Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This documentary on his life's work offers a personalized glimpse into a bygone world of entertainment and the legacy of racism that black artists still grapple with today.

    Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Tireless, ultra-talented and exceedingly charismatic, he emerges as a survivor in a film that spends too much time on his accolades and not enough on deciphering what makes this treasure of an octogenarian tick.

    Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 10, 2018
    "I wish everybody here...a long, long, long ass life; filled with a whole lot of...tons of...they say...love to share, health to spare, and friends who care." Because that's what life's really about.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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