Cradle Will Rock
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The sometimes rocky relationship between art and politics in America in the 1930s -- as well as the gulf between the wealthy and the struggling -- sets the stage for Tim Robbins' ambitious comedy-drama Cradle Will Rock. Pulling together a variety of threads from actual events, Robbins examines the lives and ambitions of a variety of creative mavericks and figures of power. Orson Welles (Angus Macfadyen) and John Houseman (Cary Elwes) are working with Marc Bliztstein (Hank Azaria) to stage the latter's leftist musical "The Cradle Will Rock" for the WPA-funded Federal Theater… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Willfully superficial."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The movie's radical stance is that artists should get to do their art without being destroyed by mean rich people, and aren't we just wonderful for agreeing with that?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Trust writer-director Tim Robbins to know how to tickle an audience while making a political point."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"You'll be hard-pressed to find a film as bloated and self-important as Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, easily one of the worst movies in recent memory."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Good entertainment with superior acting performances and a stellar cast."
‑ Jim Chastain, Norman Transcript
"Art and politics and ideals; mature."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Bertolt Brecht is probably doing somersaults of joy in his grave or wherever his remains happen to be."
‑ Brandon Judell, PlanetOut
"Al final, se convierte en una colorida celebración del arte como forma de expresión, como compromiso de trabajo y como medio de reivindicación de justicia."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Cuts to the quick with its portrait of the shadow side of America where fear, greed, racial hatred, and power stifle those who believe in creativity and a fair share for all."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A reach exceeding Robbins' grasp."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
"Art and politics collide in Tim Robbins' ambitious but not entirely successful effort to recreate a unique moment in American culture circa 1937."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cradle Will Rock is a far from perfect film, but it's never less than fascinating."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Tim Robbins' New Deal theatrical fable tries hard -- too hard."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"My companion got a BA in Music, has a Ph.D.,studied Art & Lit of the Depression, loves 30's music & STILL felt the movie was targeted to a niche more select than himself."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Unquestionably repetitive and simplistic."
‑ Sandra Ramani, Citysearch
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