The film could use a little less of the gee-whiz commentary of co-producer/narrator Roger Friedman and more storytelling from the survivors themselves. Full Review
Even with its flaws should be cheered for preserving the later years of these towering musical talents. Full Review
Less an historical flashback than a present-tense valentine. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Sometimes the story just lies there like an old cat in the sun.
The Onion (A.V. Club)
But while Only The Strong Survive is essential viewing for soul fans, as a documentary it never makes the needed connections among the artists, their music, and the lives they lead. Full Review