Bolden

Release Date: May 3rd, 2019

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden becomes a key figure in the birth of jazz, influencing countless musicians for decades to come.

Cast: Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Yaya DaCosta, Reno Wilson, Karimah Westbrook, JoNell Kennedy, Robert Ri'chard, Serena Reeder

Director: Dan Pritzker

Genres: Biography , Historical drama , Music

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Oliver JonesObserver

    Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden’s place as jazz’s inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative. show more

  • 63
    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com

    The result is sometimes dizzying, enchanting or confounding, but it is certainly never boring. show more

  • 60
    Keith UhlichThe Hollywood Reporter

    Since the lead character is effectively a mystery man, some lack of grounding is appropriate. Unfortunately, the impressionism — the improvisation, you might say, of this particular life (mirroring, one supposes, Bolden's approach to music) — is so dominant that it finally proves a crutch. show more

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