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Soul Power Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 21, 2009
Soul Power leaves you wanting more, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
July 13, 2009
This has no contextual structure at all. It is essentially the archive footage slapped together.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
The sporadic appearances by Ali hopelessly unbalance the proceedings, his fiercely outspoken interviews providing the only morsels of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
September 4, 2009
For a documentary about a music festival, Soul Power doesn't include nearly enough music.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2009
[Soul Power], even with its classic performers and songs, falls short of sparking the thrill it should.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 13, 2009
Conscientiously, if conventionally edited re-hash of the Oscar-winning "We Were Kings."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2009
As the record of a cultural event, Soul Power is a hit-and-miss affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 28, 2009
A footnote to a masterpiece.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
June 17, 2009
Documentary about the three-day music festival preceding the famous Ali-Foreman fight has its moments, but plays too much like what it is: outtakes from the Oscar-winning When We Were Kings.
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
July 10, 2009
There's a dearth of music for a performance movie. I'm not sure why the film went so much heavier on the documentary than on the music, but it's a lean mixture.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2009
While there's an awful lot to like about this infectious celebration of a remarkable event featuring some superb, larger-than-life performers at the top of their game, the enterprise comes across as a bit of a missed opportunity.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 3, 2009
The movie is surprisingly dry and flavorless. It certainly doesn't help that filmmaker Jeffrey Levy-Hinte put this collection of footage together without any narration and with a bare minimum of narrative captions.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 9, 2009
...if you are a fan of any of the musicians ... or maybe I should say if you're completely unfamiliar with any of the musicians mentioned - then Soul Power is well worth seeing. Or at least hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2009
Watching the Godfather of Soul on the big outdoor stage, you think back to his appearance in The T.A.M.I. Show a decade earlier. And then you think: I feel good.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 9, 2009
Soul Power is marvelous, and no wonder -- among the performers in this concert film are James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba and Celia Cruz, all at the peak of their powers.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Soul Power is a window into a time when anything seemed possible.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 10, 2009
A thrilling time machine that lets you travel to Zaire in 1974 to see legendary performers bringing it all back home.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2009
In addition to the expected shots of Ali and Don King in all their megalomania, the intimate portraits of James Brown, Bill Withers, and B.B. King in his triumphant homecoming are as powerful as their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 7, 2009
Seems destined to join classic concert films like Woodstock and Gimme Shelter in the musical archives for its ability to capture the feel of the times and really make you feel like you were there.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
July 24, 2009
A dazzling chronicle of the African American music expo that was meant to accompany the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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