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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Catches magic on the screen -- a behind-the-curtain peek at some of the world's best-loved music, straight from the cats who made it happen. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A glorious feature-length documentary -- This film will leave an indentment, and a deep one, on anyone who loves great, joyous music and cares about the people who make it. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ain't no mountain high enough to keep the Funk Brothers from getting to you. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Frustratingly, though, and not a little ironically, Justman chooses to focus on the new stars when they sing, rather than on the Funk Brothers playing in the background. Just as curiously, he paints a remarkably rosy picture of the old days, overlooking the racism and exploitation the Brothers surely experienced. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Rollicking documentary that will have your toes tapping and your ears sizzling whether you're a die-hard Motown fan or not. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Gordy barely is mentioned, even though he was the artistic leader who presumably profited most from the Funk Brothers' labors. Discussing Motown solely through the prism of the musicians is like assessing Picasso's works on the basis of the paint quality. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    It's a documentary about acknowledging genius, about just desserts, about artistic muses that refuse to give up. It's about great camaraderie and great music. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Impassioned concert sequences with Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert and especially Joan Osborne prove the Brothers' balanced approach still works on Motown chestnuts. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Interlaces interviews with the surviving Funk Brothers with new performances of many of the hit songs, and some sequences in which events of the past are re-created. The flashback sequences are not especially effective, but are probably better than more talking heads. Or maybe not. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    Poignant, funny and ultimately exhilarating. show more

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