Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on "My Girl,"… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A toe-tapping tribute to the band that gave Motown its sound.

Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.

Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

The documentary stumbles where it could have soared.

Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

I'd rather see them play music with the original artists, with each other, or in archival clips (of which there are plenty).

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Try as you might to resist, if you've got a place in your heart for Smokey Robinson, this movie will worm its way there.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

may not be the most creative of documentaries, but it's certainly an essential one that all music lovers should see and hear

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again.

Miami Herald

You may not end up dancing in the street, but don't be surprised if you cut a step or two in the parking lot.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
Great: hearing the original Motown musicians play together and tell stories. Not great: fleeting-popularity guest singers like Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Meshell… More
Leo L
John Ballantine
A great exploration of the performers who don't get the measure of credit that they should - the background players. This is the story of those who can be… More
Buddy A
An excellent documentary about the Funk Brothers. What, you've never heard of them? Unfortunately, most people haven't either, despite the fact that… More
Lesley N
Fantastic documentary about a group of unknown musicians, self-named The Funk brothers who were the musical force behind so many of the Motown classics;… More