The Girls in the Band
The Girls in the Band (2013)

They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers...and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 10, 2013
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The documentary is rescued only by a final sequence in which Chaikin restages the famous 1958 group photo A Great Day in Harlem, this time with mostly women.

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Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News

"The Girls in the Band" is a story of perseverance and passion - and is recommended viewing for basically every music fan.

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Matt Pais

Undeniably achieves its primary purpose of making viewers walk out of the theater knowing a lot more about the subject than when they entered.

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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

The major strength of "The Girls in the Band" is its abundant, crisp footage of women playing at the highest level, from pianist Lil Armstrong (Louis' wife) to contemporary reed player Anat Cohen.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Director Judy Chaikin, who co-wrote the film with its deft editor, Edward Osei-Gyimah, infuses this fine portrait with grace, nostalgia and a well-calibrated dose of social commentary.

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Leonard Maltin
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Judy Chaikin's loving documentary about vaudeville, big bands, and jazz, is a standout...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie meanders a bit in the beginning, though the information comes across. Then it gets into a chronological groove after about 30 minutes and finds its proper form.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"The Girls in the Band" is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Among those rare, delightful music documentaries, in the vein of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, that provokes you emotionally and intellectually while remaining entertaining throughout.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Fest 2012 and had to buy the DVD from Judy Chaikin who was there to answer questions after the screening.… More