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Who Do You Love?
Leonard Chess changed the face of modern music, and he did so without playing a note. An immigrant living in Chicago just as the city was exploding with new blues sounds, he heard what few others did at the time: the universal passion in the music of performers like Etta James, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, who all rose to fame thanks to Chess. At first with a nightclub and then with his legendary record label, Leonard Chess earned his place in American cultural history. This is his story, the real story, and it rocks.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It was muscled out of the marketplace by Cadillac Records, Sony's glossy, star-studded movie about Leonard. But it's clearly the better movie, earthier, wittier, and more intimate in its treatment of America's racial divide in the 1950s."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's the terrific music and amusing array of characters that keep the picture afloat."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Crackles with the sense of discovering genius that's ready to be heard and distributed."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"Less than two years after the so-so "Cadillac Records," here comes "Who Do You Love," which is so-so in different ways."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"In short: we see the Chess Records story simplified and telegraphed. But at least the cast doesn't act as though they're mired in the biopic muck."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"I think more edge is needed, more reality about the racial situation at the time, more insight into how and why R&B and rock 'n' roll actually did forever transform societies in America and the world."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you're really interested in Chess Records, why go to this film at all when you could be at home actually listening to Chess records?"
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Isn't the blues supposed to be cathartic and rock 'n' roll liberating? Recording maestro Chess is too tense and grim, and there are few joyous musical moments."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Zaks finds the life in every scene, even the more clichéd ones...it feels like a celebration of a seminal musical moment, for all its flaws."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Another behind-the-scenes look at the formation and success of Chess Records in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In the end, the most striking thing about Leonard is that he never seems to stop smoking."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Has neither the star power nor the epic sense of itself that infused Cadillac Records, the 2008 film on the same subject."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An engaging portrait of the man behind the artists."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"Recreated performances backing the more than nostalgic music of the era are worth the ticket, but the rest is more borscht than history."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"In Who Do You Love? everything that Chess Records has come to symbolize about pop culture, race relations or the blues transitioning into rock 'n' roll gets flattened. It perceives American history in reverse."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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