BB King: The Life of Riley
BB King: The Life of Riley (2014)

Cardinal Releasing Ltd., MVD Entertainment Group, and Syndctd Entertainment are pleased to announce the US release of The Life of Riley, the much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend B.B. King. King… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

[King] is unfailingly articulate, gentlemanly and modest but this is a movie where more music, less talk would definitely have been an improvement.

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Jennifer Tate

An intuitive and appealing documentary about the life of one of the world's most recognised Blues musicians, but BB King: The Life of Riley sometimes grows a bit repetitive and its chronological sequence is rather bland.

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Conscientious documentary toasting and contextualising blues guitarist BB King's life and work.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

In the music business, 'legend' is an over-used word: see this and understand what it means.

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George Bass
Total Film

Too many people know this man as just the source vocalist from Moby's classic 'Natural Blues'; hopefully this will change that.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It would have been nice if the movie had allowed voices less fannish than those of King's peers and childhood friends to make the case for the signficance of 'The King of the Blues.'

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

[An] authoritative British documentary on [King's] long, impressive career.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A fitting and wonderful tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time. As with most legendary blues performers, the talent seems God given..out of the… More