Cadillac Records
Cadillac Records (2008)

"Cadillac Records" is about the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Leonard Chess scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What Cadillac Records may lack in originality, it more than makes up for in strong performances and soul-stirring music.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Perhaps there were insurmountable legal restrictions. But the movie still serves as a dandy primer for rediscovering a lot of great music.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

I think music fans will enjoy this.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It turns out to be grittier and more lowdown than that Ray Charles bio.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Anyone who likes pop music or wonders how bands like the Rolling Stones got rolling will enjoy the ride.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There is not one authentic moment of human discourse in the whole movie.

Clay Cane

Cadillac Records is not a terrible movie but in the chain of rags to riches films (Dreamgirls, Ray, Walk the Line, etc.) it definitely falls at the bottom of the heap.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

In story terms, its cavalcade of melodrama and conflict isn't always persuasive, but writer-director Darnell Martin's respect for the music shines through.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film suffers at times from biopic-itis -- the narrative unfolds with the requisite heartbreak carefully apportioned -- but it's always eye-catching.

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Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)

The music is good, the suits are sharp, but it's the outstanding performances that wow. Walker is electrifying as Howlin' Wolf and Beyoncé - playing Etta James - has never been so sultry and sexy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A white record producer signs African-American musicians, and together the foundations of rock n roll are formed. I suppose the lesson of this biopic is that… More
Daniel Perry
According to my friends who know a lot about the Delta Blues, Chess Records and Chicago, this is a very accurate historical film. That it's narrated by… More
Manu Gino
If you take the ride, you must pay the price. Good but not so great. Cadillac Records is narrated by songwriter Willie Dixon played by Cedric the Entertainer.… More
jay nixon
Great music but a draggy diffuse screenplay weighs this down and makes it seem longer than it really is.
Chris Weber
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, though heavy fictionalized film about the story of Leonard Chess and Chess Records- the legendary and influential man and label… More
Tim Salmons
Decent rock n roll movie.

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