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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 63
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Wildly ambitious, unwieldy epic. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist). show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An ambitious effort that fails as satire and as history, although it probably succeeds as a cautionary tale. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A missed opportunity to shed light on one of America's most turbulent times. show more

  • 89
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray, show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It needs a study guide, and viewing "Citizen Kane" might be a good place to start. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Some may find the movie too crowded and preachy to serve as a meaningful history lesson, but it will delight anyone who thinks our cynical age could benefit from recalling the vigorous idealism and venturesome artistry of a bygone era. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    An ensemble cast brimming with great theater actors and movie stars tears into a collection of meaty, moving, funny roles, with largely vibrant results. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Brings the '30s vividly to the screen. show more

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