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Jimi: All Is by My Side
In Theaters September 26
OutKast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.(C) XLRator
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a mood piece, not a biopic, and it works on its own terms."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This is a movie made not with obligatory biopic beats but with verve and freedom, and offhand, I can't think of a better way to honor the genius of Hendrix"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a Hendrix movie without the full Hendrix story, seminal Hendrix songs, all in a portrait of a man that doesn't really feel like Hendrix at all."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Those looking for a nuts-and-bolts biography of Jimi Hendrix will be disappointed. Those wanting something richer and more challenging may well be rewarded."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"Ridley doesn't treat Hendrix as a bio-pic enigma to be explained but simply as an instinctual artist, for better and for worse. The only mystery that remains is where the music came from."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A powerful look at the crucial years in an artist's trajectory when the thrill of success begins to yield to the curse of fame."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations."
‑ Jason Anderson, The Grid
"An unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"Intimate take on a slice of Hendrix's life is more convincing than many full-blown biopics."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Andre Benjamin -- better known as Andre 3000 of the Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast -- is a no-brainer yet still genius casting as the young guitar god, and looking the part is about the least of that."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The film's limitations play to its advantage, since Ridley eschews the usual biopic approach, instead taking a snapshot of 12 crucial months in the musician's life, three years before his death."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
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