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

Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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Christopher Null
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
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
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 28, 2002
The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 3, 2002
There are suckers out there for the film's brand of shrink-wrapped nostalgia. I'm not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Taylor
November 15, 2002
Told in scattered fashion, the movie only intermittently lives up to the stories and faces and music of the men who are its subject.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 19, 2002
There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 3, 2003
...the music - the sweet soul music - is national treasure.
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 16, 2002
The Motown Sound was, quite simply, their sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 18, 2002
It's a blast!
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
January 11, 2003
Fans of all types of popular music will find it irreplaceable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
November 22, 2002
A good music documentary, probably one of the best since The Last Waltz.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2002
Gives the Funk Brothers their due and more, mostly through wonderfully juicy anecdotes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2008
Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags.
David Cornelius
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due.
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