Made in Jamaica
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French writer-director Jérôme Laperrousaz's documentary Made in Jamaica opens with the tragic yet all-too-familiar murder of a reggae superstar - Bogle - and his celebrity-studded funeral, attended by multiple generations of Jamaican musicians. The film then springboards into a broad and enormously ambitious, loosely-knit exploration of the reggae subculture in all of its facets. Laperrousaz intercuts original interviews and live concert footage (often filmed on the shores and streets of Kingston, where reggae was born) with such giants as Third World, Gregory Isaacs (who pays tribute to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Diffuse, but worthwhile."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"I'd have preferred Laperrousaz to give more information about the music's history. And fans will probably find the film's performance clips annoyingly short."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Some great performances and a raw taste of life on the streets of Jamaica, but too ragged and rambling to explain why this music matters."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"The haphazard structure chafes against its gritty aspirations."
‑ Carmen Grey, Total Film
"Singers, instrumentalists, bands and composers are poorly identified by ornate brief printed titles, only two or three familiar names resonating for a general public."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A worthy look at a music born though turmoil with a vision that still resonates globally."
‑ Tony Wong, Toronto Star
"One suspects the film-makers have deliberately excluded numbers of a homophobic nature."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Unselfconsciously celebratory about a culture teeming with energy and semi-absorbed influences."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"In a move that will either see it written off as lazy or celebrated for its admirable neutrality, Made in Jamaica doesn't provide a straight answer."
‑ Neil Davey, Filmstar Magazine
"The consistently stellar appearances by everyone from Bunny Wailer to Bounty Killer give Laperousaz's movie the same restless and sometimes reckless vitality that has always energized Jamaican music."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"An affectionate if largely unsatisfying exploration of the musical genre's evolution."
‑ Jason McBride, Globe and Mail
"Shapeless in form but with the characters and talent on display, this is hardly important."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"I found it hard to warm to this overlong documentary about new trends in reggae, perhaps because of the sense that all the less savoury aspects of that culture were being softballed."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The biggest flaw here is that, despite its excellent music and infectious energy, Lapperrousaz's documentary feels as though it is constantly skating across the top of much bigger issues that you wish he'd investigate."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Made in Jamaica has some charming interludes."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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