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Directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin, the musical drama Cadillac Records documents the compelling true-life story of the Chicago record label that helped the world discover such legendary artists as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Chuck Berry. Founded in 1950 by Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), Chess Records quickly gained a reputation as home to some of the most talented and influential blues artists ever to step into a recording studio. But giving these musicians an opportunity to bring their music to the world was no easy task, because along the way there was enough sex,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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 [UK]
"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, BET.com
"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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