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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Soul Power turns out to be an unusually resonant time capsule, one that weaves together theatrics, musicianship, cosmopolitanism and sharp political critique in a vibrant look-back that's at once celebratory and wistful."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Soul Power is the indispensable companion film to Leon Gast's thrilling 1996 documentary When We Were Kings."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Soul Power is a window into a time when anything seemed possible."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Watching Soul Power is like flipping through Polaroids of that era. The color is a little washed out and everyone looks amazingly young."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"For a documentary about a music festival, Soul Power doesn't include nearly enough music."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"It's impossible not to be moved."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Watching the Godfather of Soul on the big outdoor stage, you think back to his appearance in The T.A.M.I. Show a decade earlier. And then you think: I feel good."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"B.B. King. Bill Withers. Miriam Makeba. Celia Cruz. And James Brown, earning every inch of the title, "Godfather of Soul," who all by himself probably deforested a few acres around Kinshasa with the volcanic blast of his set."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's hard not to wish that maybe there was a little less of Muhammad Ali promoting himself and a little more of the concert."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movie is surprisingly dry and flavorless. It certainly doesn't help that filmmaker Jeffrey Levy-Hinte put this collection of footage together without any narration and with a bare minimum of narrative captions."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It packs the emotional and historical power of a heady 'family gathering' celebration of African and, to use the term then in fashion, Afro-American pride."
‑ Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A dazzling chronicle of the African American music expo that was meant to accompany the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo)."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Does its part to widen this historic concert's potential audience base."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"...if you are a fan of any of the musicians ... or maybe I should say if you're completely unfamiliar with any of the musicians mentioned - then Soul Power is well worth seeing. Or at least hearing."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The performances are fine, but this feels like a companion piece to 'When We Were Kings' rather than a work that can stand on its own..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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