Jersey Boys
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Clint Eastwood's big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical.(c) Warner Bros.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Christopher Walken plays a gangster who can fix anything; maybe he should have taken charge of the film."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"At times the movie version of "Jersey Boys" captures the electric excitement of the musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Jersey Boys features brilliant art direction but frustrates in equal measure by straddling too many decades, with the scant emotions of an off-set death clearly defining the problem."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
""Jersey Boys" is wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing."
‑ Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
"A cavalcade of great songs keeps this otherwise lacklustre adaptation from floundering."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Jersey Boys comes to life only toward the end."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Curiously moribund ..."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Eastwood has wisely kept the basic premise of the stage show, allowing each member of the group to act as their own "Greek chorus," breaking the fourth wall and narrating the story as it progresses."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.'"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"As a vehicle for characters, Jersey Boys is remarkably observant."
‑ David Keyes,
"It's glossy and entertaining but also safe and conventional. If my father had lived to age 72, he would have loved this movie. This is your target audience."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"[The movie] hauls out just about every showbiz cliché in the catalog."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Eastwood jettisons the 'jukebox musical' approach of his source material to transform the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons into another of his inquisitions into the hopeful myths and dark realities of American history and celebrity."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's not a totally bad film, it just makes a lot of bad choices and ends up dragging when it should be engaging, and it frustrates more often than it entertains."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"The movie is a rollercoaster ride that soars on the wings of the incredible music and then crashes into the mob element.
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
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