The Cotton Club
The Cotton Club (1984)

There are those who insist that the backstage intrigues which occurred during the production of Cotton Club would make a better film than Cotton Club itself. Essentially, this "dream" project of director Francis Ford Coppola was… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 14, 1984
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

It's the most entertaining art film of the year, the kind of movie you can't help smiling along with.

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Time Out

The narrative is a mess despite the simplistic twinning of tales.

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This musical gangster movie is a tour de force, even if a little muddled.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Given its garish production history, one rather expected The Cotton Club to sing with hot-jazz desperation. Instead, we get the mediocre craftsmanship of a pit band in Vegas.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Whatever it took to do it, Coppola has extracted a very special film out of the checkered history of this project.

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TV Guide

Lavish, interesting, evocative but strained and self-conscious, Cotton Club is all watchable curiosity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It was the most assured film Coppola had made in a decade, full of casual wit and visual invention.

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Emanuel Levy

Sharply uneven, Coppola's period musical about he famous Harlem club is lavishly produced but shallow.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Energetic and involving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Good motion picture, but The Cotton Club presents some cliches of gangsters movies. Whatever, Coppola made a remarkable film.
Byron Brubaker
The main reason why I watched this was that I worked on a stage show starring Maurice Hines and he mentioned this as a highlight of his and his brother's… More
Ken Stachnik
While not the Godfather (and what is really...besides Godfather 2, but I digress) The Cotton Club is a great entertaining little movie. All controversy about… More
Cameron Johnson
I know he wrote it, but one can only wonder how many times they had to tell Francis Ford Coppola that they weren't actually sticking cotton in their… More
xGary Xx
Period gangster drama set around a nightclub in the 20s that's a little lacking in substance.
Mike T.
Another underrated work from Francis Ford Coppola. I feel that this movie's triumphs outnumber its shortcomings, and it is a satisfying experience overall.… More