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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perhaps there were insurmountable legal restrictions. But the movie still serves as a dandy primer for rediscovering a lot of great music."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"I think music fans will enjoy this."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"It turns out to be grittier and more lowdown than that Ray Charles bio."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The music, largely performed by the actors, is highly enjoyable."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Sadly the movie conforms to all the music-biopic stereotypes we've seen in Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Anyone who likes pop music or wonders how bands like the Rolling Stones got rolling will enjoy the ride."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Cadillac Records is not a terrible movie but in the chain of rags to riches films (Dreamgirls, Ray, Walk the Line, etc.) it definitely falls at the bottom of the heap."
‑ Clay Cane,
"The rich soundtrack is one of the highlights of this solid, unfamiliar story in which most of the actors do all their own singing."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The film is a mess."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"In story terms, its cavalcade of melodrama and conflict isn't always persuasive, but writer-director Darnell Martin's respect for the music shines through."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The film suffers at times from biopic-itis -- the narrative unfolds with the requisite heartbreak carefully apportioned -- but it's always eye-catching."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and Beyoncé - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"A scattershot ensemble piece that exceeds its reach in its retelling of the origins of Chicago's Chess label."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
"This film is more like a limousine than a Cadillac - it is very long and carries far too many people."
‑ , Sun Online
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