Standing In The Shadows of Motown
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In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Bernadette," I Was Made to Love Her," and every other hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"The documentary stumbles where it could have soared."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"may not be the most creative of documentaries, but it's certainly an essential one that all music lovers should see and hear"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The brothers missed out on glory back in the day, but I can't help but think that this cinematic labour of love (fourteen years in the making) will make these guys finally feel what they were missing."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"...guaranteed to turn Motown neophytes into fans."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Try as you might to resist, if you've got a place in your heart for Smokey Robinson, this movie will worm its way there."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The feel-good documentary of the year, featuring the irresistible 1960s music that made Detroit famous."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"An immensely entertaining look at some of the unsung heroes of 20th century pop music."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"You may not end up dancing in the street, but don't be surprised if you cut a step or two in the parking lot."
‑ , Miami Herald
"Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The cheap and easy recycling of old myths and superficial treatment given the significant social milieu of the time is startling."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Like some of the poppier Hitsville U.S.A. songs, the film is a little too slick and a little too warm-and-fuzzy... but it is always engrossing and enjoyable..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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