Jimi: All Is by My Side
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a risky approach that's bound to frustrate many folks, but it's also quite illuminating in its own way."
‑ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"A flawed, ambitious and deeply peculiar portrait of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic musical talents, in the year before he ascended to rock-god status, that resembles no other pop-music biopic you've ever seen."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Ridley confines his subject to small nightclubs and even smaller apartments, where we hear little music and a lot of talk. Too much talk; all of it in service of a movie with shockingly little to say."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Ridley is forced into an anti-drama that feels emotionally honest even when it's spinning fictions."
‑ David Ehrlich, The Dissolve
"A quirky and appealing glimpse into the life and guitar virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"You can sense the movie's desire to break free of the demands of the rock biopic, but you can also sense it constantly being pulled back."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Benjamin captures Hendrix's nodding swagger, his effortless cool, and most important, his voice - going beyond mimicry into some other, spookier realm."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ridley clearly has some reverence for his subject, and even if the film exists in a gray area between fact and fiction, it deserves credit for creating its own rhythm, much like Hendrix himself."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Throughout the film, you may be thinking about Hendrix's songs. You may even be humming them to yourself. But you certainly won't be hearing them."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"André Benjamin channels Hendrix's sweet, spacey persona with spellbinding precision."
‑ Kurt Loder, Reason Online
"Thanks to Benjamin's performance and the unique quality of the subject itself, the movie's hard to dismiss."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The film's own spontaneous experimentation provides dazzling context for the musician's impact on the world."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A stunning turn by Andre Benjamin, an uncanny evocation of a rock and role legend."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"As a mood piece, the film captures the essence of a time in music history quite beautifully."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"All is By My Side amounts to a series of imagined conversations, with Andre Benjamin struggling to hold our attention through them."
‑ Travis Hopson, Examiner.com
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