The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers (1980)

Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score
87%
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93%



Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

The film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi's easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The humor is predicated on underplaying in overscaled situations, which is sporadically funny in a Keaton-esque way but soon sputters out through sheer, uninspired repetition.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

lightning in a bottle created more than 30 years ago

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A demolition symphony that works with the cold efficiency of a Moog synthesizer gone sadistic.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

A dazzlingly enjoyable, memorable road trip of comedy and music from two of SNL's best.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Given all the chaos, director and, with Aykroyd, cowriter, John Landis manages to keep things reasonably controlled and in a straight line.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This essentially modest movie is reported to have cost about $30 million, and what did all that money buy? Scores of car crashes. Too many extras. Overstaged dance numbers. And a hollowness that certainly didn't come cheap.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

...an epic musically charged comedy, the likes of which has never been seen before or since.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Over time The Blues Brothers has grown in stature to become a cult classic. Separated from the storied Hollywood backstory it's easy to see why. The… More
Matthew Slaven
This movie shoots for the moon, more committed in its humor than any other comedy. Terrible acting normally contradicts this feeling of quality, but here it… More
Alex roy
The Blues Brothers is an iconic film and I had wanted to see it for a very long time, but never got around to it, and I am glad I finally did. This is an… More
Jim Careter
Were on a mission from God. Hilarious and great music, a classic.
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] This cult classic is both funny and full of quirky charm, despite it's… More
Kevin M. Williams
the greatest musical ever made!...and i mean it this time...well, it'll do until one better comes along! unlike the musicals of old in this one nobody… More