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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    One for the time capsule. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Sometimes the story just lies there like an old cat in the sun. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The No. 1 thing Only the Strong Survive will have to survive is being overshadowed by "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." Less focused than last fall's slam-dunk Funk remembrance, Survive is a more modest soul review. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie is the product of his (Friedman) big, shiny love of forgotten soul legends whom superstardom (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I might add) has eluded. show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The frustrating part is that Only the Strong Survive includes at least as many mundane moments as soul-stirring ones -- and the film isn't much more than a collection of moments. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Captures some remarkably vivid present-day performances by the aging performers. show more

  • 80
    Steve Simels TV Guide

    Most of the music is as fine and fierce as you could want. show more

  • 30
    Film Threat

    This film has so many chances to spice up the screen....and passes, I was wondering if I were watching an info-mercial for some kind of "K-Tel Classics- Revisted" album. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    One of the happiest movies around. show more

  • 67
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    Agreeable and warm, is content for the most part merely to allude to complexity and darkness in the lives of its subjects. show more

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