Standing in the Shadows of Motown - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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+

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 16, 2004
The feel-good documentary of the year, featuring the irresistible 1960s music that made Detroit famous.

Empire Magazine
August 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...guaranteed to turn Motown neophytes into fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
July 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Newsday
May 28, 2003
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.
Full Review
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
Netflix
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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/DFW.com
December 27, 2002
The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

Guardian
August 5, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

Baltimore Sun
November 28, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
November 19, 2002
Some kind of peace of mind

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002
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