Jimi: All Is by My Side
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

OutKast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's uneven -- and it lacks the primal power of its subject's classic recordings -- but Jimi: All Is By My Side offers a well-acted alternative take on the Hendrix myth.

Rafer Guzman
Newsday

A hip-looking mess of a movie, made tolerable by Benjamin's spacey-cool Hendrix. Great costumes, few insights.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Thanks to Benjamin's performance and the unique quality of the subject itself, the movie's hard to dismiss.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

All these things-aesthetic, composition, acting-ultimately end up secondary when compared to the dynamic performance at the film's center.

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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com

It's a risky approach that's bound to frustrate many folks, but it's also quite illuminating in its own way.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

A flawed, ambitious and deeply peculiar portrait of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic musical talents, in the year before he ascended to rock-god status, that resembles no other pop-music biopic you've ever seen.

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape

Against all odds, John Ridley has assembled the ideal team to tackle an exceedingly ambitious project, one that bears fruit at nearly every turn.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

You can sense the movie's desire to break free of the demands of the rock biopic, but you can also sense it constantly being pulled back.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Benjamin captures Hendrix's nodding swagger, his effortless cool, and most important, his voice - going beyond mimicry into some other, spookier realm.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

... an interesting curiosity that takes chances and gets at a certain truth about its enigmatic lead character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Eberhardt
I must admit I did find this film to be pretty entertaining. John Ridley has shown he can write complex character natures especially from his Oscar winning… More