Marley (2012)

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae's greatest star.

Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Marley is highly watchable, finely crafted legacy preservation - and it's either a white-washed sham or awesomely shaded.

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Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader

Macdonald supplies some interesting and novel details about the musician's life and art, though the movie's narrative arc and documentary methods are totally predictable.

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

Although Marley's immense talent, drive, charisma, marketing savvy, and complexity are too big for any film or book to capture, here, at least, they emerge in vibrant glory.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It wants to show us the man behind the famous dreads, beatific smile and durable songs of love, hope and longing. In this task it succeeds admirably.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Given the legal and logistical constraints on this long-delayed project, this lengthy movie is as comprehensive a history as Marley's fans could have hoped, but the uninitiated may not catch a fire.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Comprehensive docu on iconic reggae musician.

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Scott Bowles
USA Today

Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Marley wrote the same song about 8,000 times, and the documentary "Marley" makes sure to include each version.

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Jason Gorber

Serve[s] its many audiences, doing so without succumbing to faults that so easily could have plagued the film. Well crafted, with a soundtrack that's drawn from the astounding career of its subject, MARLEY joins the pantheon of top-notch music films.

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Greg S
An exhaustive (2.5 hour) chronicle of the life of the world famous reggae legend. Die-hard fans will be thrilled with the extensive interviews and concert… More
Alex roy
Bob Marley is one of the most iconic musicians that ever lived. Director Kevin Macdonald crafts a solid documentary about the life of the legendary Reggae… More
Raymond Wieser
Marley is an insightful, inspirational, and deeply moving documentary on the life of a legend. Though the runtime is a bit much, and the film starts to drag… More
Markus Robinson
Director Kevin MacDonald and co-producer Ziggy Marley bring forth the most definitive look back at the life of Bob Marley, in the new documentary… More
Melvin White
Marley is a must watch documentary about the musical icon that was and is Bob Marley. There isn't a person around who doesn't know the name, despite… More
Tyler Christian
Without a doubt, the best documentary I've seen since Exit Through the Gift Shop! I'm more of an admirer than hardcore fan of Bob Marley, but Kevin… More