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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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December 20, 2002
It may seem long at 110 minutes if you're not a fan, because it includes segments of 12 songs at a reunion concert.
December 20, 2002
It's a thrill to see these guys playing and having fun, stuck in the shadows no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 19, 2002
The film has just enough of everything -- re-enactments, archival footage, talking-head interviews -- and the music is simply sublime.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2002
While Shadows is a great tribute, it is a poor documentary. They are just as elusive and unknown as before.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
December 16, 2002
Scenes in which the band grooves with modern musicians Montell Jordan and Joan Osborne singing covers are spectacular.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2002
I couldn't recommend this film more.
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December 8, 2002
If you are a music fan, this is a great film to see ... and hear.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2002
As a belated nod to some neglected all-stars, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is cultural history of the best kind: informative, revealing and richly entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2002
The documentary makes no waves and tries to be as upbeat as the musicians it tells about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 2, 2002
Totally overwrought, deeply biased, and wholly designed to make you feel guilty about ignoring what the filmmakers clearly believe are The Greatest Musicians of All Time.
| Original Score: 2/5
December 1, 2002
As a documentary, Motown isn't all that great. But as a celebration of music, it's absolutely incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 29, 2002
I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 29, 2002
It's poignant, surprising, triumphant, funny, and you can dance to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 28, 2002
The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 27, 2002
Marvelously entertaining and deliriously joyous documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2002
Director Paul Justman hits all the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2002
Try as you might to resist, if you've got a place in your heart for Smokey Robinson, this movie will worm its way there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 22, 2002
You may not end up dancing in the street, but don't be surprised if you cut a step or two in the parking lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2002
Documentaries just don't get much more fun than Standing in the Shadows of Motown
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