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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There is no diverting from strict chronology, no point the documentary wants to make that requires moving forward and back through time. It just inches ahead, one year to another, sometimes one day to another. By the middle, each time a year changes, it's a relief. show more

  • 88
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives. show more

  • 80
    New York Daily News

    Though the course of the movie, viewers learns a lot about the star's generosity, sense of justice and power in Jamaica, but also about his naivete. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae. show more

  • 78
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    By the end you feel you've learned something about the man, yet his mystique emerges intact. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Marley, an ambitious and comprehensive film, does what is probably the best possible job of documenting an important life. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It all flows from the shum. The man's musical and political influence was no illusion. show more

  • May 29, 2012 dukedewf
    Report This User

    If you didn\'t know much about Bob Marley before seeing this documentary, you definitely will after the 2.5 hours of endless examination. It is as if the producer pull his hair out one by one and examine it to the extreme. I feel I could take an SAT exam now on his life and probably make a perfect score.

  • April 21, 2012 jn00000000119594
    Report This User

    Awesome movie!!

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