Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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January 11, 2003
Fans of all types of popular music will find it irreplaceable.
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.
January 7, 2003
If you love the music, and I do, its hard to imagine having more fun watching a documentary ...
January 3, 2003
...the music - the sweet soul music - is national treasure.
December 27, 2002
The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.
December 24, 2002
The real star of this movie is the music. It makes you want to get up and dance in the aisles.
December 24, 2002
A loving tribute to the forgotten legends of Motown.
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.
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.
December 19, 2002
There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.
December 19, 2002
The film has just enough of everything -- re-enactments, archival footage, talking-head interviews -- and the music is simply sublime.
December 16, 2002
While Shadows is a great tribute, it is a poor documentary. They are just as elusive and unknown as before.
December 16, 2002
Scenes in which the band grooves with modern musicians Montell Jordan and Joan Osborne singing covers are spectacular.
December 10, 2002
I couldn't recommend this film more.
December 8, 2002
If you are a music fan, this is a great film to see ... and hear.
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.
December 5, 2002
The documentary makes no waves and tries to be as upbeat as the musicians it tells about.
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.
December 1, 2002
As a documentary, Motown isn't all that great. But as a celebration of music, it's absolutely incredible.
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