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Soul Power Reviews

November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2009
Soul Power turns out to be an unusually resonant time capsule, one that weaves together theatrics, musicianship, cosmopolitanism and sharp political critique in a vibrant look-back that's at once celebratory and wistful.
August 13, 2009
It's impossible not to be moved.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2009
It packs the emotional and historical power of a heady 'family gathering' celebration of African and, to use the term then in fashion, Afro-American pride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2009
Soul Power is the indispensable companion film to Leon Gast's thrilling 1996 documentary When We Were Kings.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
July 24, 2009
A non-stop head-bobbing knee-bouncer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2009
As the record of a cultural event, Soul Power is a hit-and-miss affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 16, 2009
Gluttons for these artists and for music festivals in general might wonder, as I have, whether there's any way the filmmakers might share more of the remaining 123 1/2 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2009
Passionate fans of the music will relish these archived images while regular moviegoers will be entertained, but not moved by what they see.
July 13, 2009
This has no contextual structure at all. It is essentially the archive footage slapped together.
July 10, 2009
Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte pads out the concert footage with not always stimulating backstage stuff, but the music makes it all worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2009
A vibrant and joyous new documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2009
Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte does a terrific job re-creating a landmark moment, with behind-the-scenes footage complementing triumphant performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2009
As a concert film it's unparalleled: a stunningly photographed, soul-stirring celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2009
Offers a vivid glimpse of a fascinating moment in musical history, racial politics and global pop culture.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
July 9, 2009
Soul Power is worth seeing -- and hearing -- for the evocation of an era and above all, for the exuberant and infectious performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 9, 2009
What's infectious in Soul Power is the almost shocking optimism of its America-meets-
Africa '70s world-beat vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 9, 2009
Soul Power works fabulously as both a concert film and a time capsule of a time and place when gods of black masculinity joined forces to make an international statement of togetherness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2009
Ali's bravado-soaked words, breezily tossed off after he disrupts a Don King press conference, also serve as an artist's manifesto for the film's musical acts: Celia Cruz, the Spinners, Fania All-Stars, Bill Withers, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, and others.
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.