Soul Men
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In 1965, Marcus Hooks (John Legend), Floyd Henderson (Bernie Mac), and Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) were just three kids singing doo-wop harmonies around a fire barrel when legendary record producer Willie Mitchell caught an earful of their infectious harmonizing. Two short years later, Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal had signed to Hi Records, and they quickly became one of the most popular soul acts in America. But success can't last forever, and it wasn't long before Hooks decided to strike out on his own. Though Floyd and Lewis did their best to keep the Real Deal going, scoring… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Soul Men could have been so much more."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It is not a perfect film but it is a nice, solid reminder of how great Bernie Mac was."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"In the end, its lack of originality and extremely low sense of humor keep Soul Men down a lot further than it deserves. There's potential there, but it's never realized."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Are there two other actors who are able to utter the word 'motherf**ker' with such forceful comic authority? I think not."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Awkwardly sentimental but nevertheless sharply spry in song and sass, Lee's acid-tongued Soul Men certainly have something to sing about."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Considering the canvas the story provides, and the richness of the tradition it taps into, the amount and quality of the music is pretty disappointing."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"It really is bittersweet to watch Mac in one of his final performances. He makes the most of pretty average material here."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Soul Men may get by on novelty, but what novelty!"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The filmmakers chose to go too often to the well, I mean the toilet, for inspiration."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Soul Men spins an erratic tune."
‑ Charles Koplinski, Illinois Times
"This one's only fair, but it has its low-down wiles and its moments."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The movie crams in myriad needless subplots -- ostensibly to provide padding, which only draws attention to how thin the original story really is."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Be prepared to laugh out loud and move to the music as Soul Men has plenty of both to offer."
‑ Jolene Mendez, Entertainment Spectrum
"'Soul Men' is a mediocre film at best, buoyed by the abrasive chemistry of Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson."
‑ Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Mostly, the film works, due largely to the bickering, grumpy-old-men dynamic between the two leads."
‑ Stephen Silver, The Trend
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