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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 2, 2012
may not be the most creative of documentaries, but it's certainly an essential one that all music lovers should see and hear
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2008
Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The brothers missed out on glory back in the day, but I can't help but think that this cinematic labour of love (fourteen years in the making) will make these guys finally feel what they were missing.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 16, 2004
The feel-good documentary of the year, featuring the irresistible 1960s music that made Detroit famous.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
August 31, 2003
The cheap and easy recycling of old myths and superficial treatment given the significant social milieu of the time is startling.
| Original Score: 61/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...guaranteed to turn Motown neophytes into fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 18, 2003
An immensely entertaining look at some of the unsung heroes of 20th century pop music.
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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 17, 2003
Like some of the poppier Hitsville U.S.A. songs, the film is a little too slick and a little too warm-and-fuzzy... but it is always engrossing and enjoyable...
| Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Unsung heroes of some of pop music's finest moments get to stand up and be counted in this documentary/concert/tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 24, 2003
The combination of restored history, great music and rich anecdotes make Standing in the Shadows sublime entertainment.
| Original Score: 10/10
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 19, 2003
Standing in the Shadows of Motown takes one of the great unknown stories in music history and translates it to the screen in the blandest way possible.
Eric D. Snider
January 11, 2003
Fans of all types of popular music will find it irreplaceable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the best kind of documentary, one that makes a depleted yesterday feel very much like a brand-new tomorrow.
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
If you love the music, and I do, its hard to imagine having more fun watching a documentary ...
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 3, 2003
...the music - the sweet soul music - is national treasure.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
December 27, 2002
The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 24, 2002
The real star of this movie is the music. It makes you want to get up and dance in the aisles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 24, 2002
A loving tribute to the forgotten legends of Motown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 20, 2002
If anything, the film is doing something of a public service -- shedding light on a group of extremely talented musicians who might otherwise go unnoticed and underappreciated by music fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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