Take Me to the River

2014

Take Me to the River

Critics Consensus

Scattered and uneven, Take Me to the River never adds up to much in terms of narrative documentary, but the music it honors is more than powerful enough to compensate.

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"Take Me to the River" is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. (C) Abramorama

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (7)

  • The film's interest in contemporary performers doesn't rob it of a sense of history.

    August 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Flawed as it is, "River" reminds us where all the great music came from.

    September 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Three of the guitar marvels shown here - Hubert Sumlin, Teenie Hodges and Skip Pitts - have died since filming. This is a marginal but worthwhile footnote to their legacy.

    September 25, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The premise for this documentary couldn't be more stilted, and some of the matchups are enough to make you wince. But there are a few striking intergenerational moments.

    September 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • There's some talk about the collaboration's significance, and there's some racially charged history to relate, but the real point is to hear these oldsters one last time, to remember and maybe even discover what they gave us.

    September 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Take Me to the River" includes just enough history of the civil rights era to lend it gravitas. The color-blind recording practices of studios like Stax were an anomaly at the time and are well worth noting.

    September 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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