Why Do Fools Fall In Love
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Gregory Nava directed this biographical drama on the brief but intense life of singer Frankie Lymon who stayed with the popular Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers group only for a year. Lymon was 13 years old when the group erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit, Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956). After Mr. Rock and Roll (1957), Lymon turned solo, but then it all fell to pieces. Lymon's career was over by the time he was 18, and he died of a heroin overdose eight years later. Jumping from the '50s to the '80s, this film traces… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too ill defined to emerge from the pack of box office also-rans."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Though Nava's soapy directing style makes Fools watchable enough in a campy way, the film's unsophisticated nature undermines its better qualities."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This biopic is soulless, underwritten, over-acted and, worse, just plain dull."
‑ Dave McCoy, Film Threat
"The biggest problem is the man at the center."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"Nava ... evidently couldn't decide whether to play scenes straight or comedically, as he mixes some highly inappropriate humorous scenes with more seriously dramatic ones."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A celebration of pop fantasies, a boyish rascal with a helium voice, and three pretty fools who fell in love with him."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Filled with color and energy!"
‑ , Boston Globe
"Larenz Tate is terrific recreating the excitement of Frankie's stage presence."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A cop-out!"
‑ Scott Renshaw, Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
"Why would anyone think a movie about a battle over music royalties by three vengeful women, starring Little Richard as himself, would be any good?"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"What made Frankie run? The movie clearly doesn't know."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Worth it for the music -- but only barely."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fails to bring anything new to what is rapidly becoming a genre unto itself (the 'talented but betrayed and flawed musical legend dead before their time' genre) making one wonder Why Did They Even Bother?"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Ultimately undone by its courtroom theatrics which go on much too long."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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