The Five Heartbeats
The Five Heartbeats (1991)

This tuneful drama looks back upon the career of a fictional rhythm & blues group and chronicles their rise and fall. Filmmaker Robert Townsend based much of his plot on the true stories and experiences from several popular '60s soul… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 29, 1991
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

Robert Townsend co-wrote, directed and stars in the film, one whose sincerity does a lot to cover the amateurishness with which the film was made.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An underrated drama about the ups and downs of a Temptations-like r&b group with solid acting and fine music. If you haven't seen it, rent it. It's worth it.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

The rise and fall of a flashy, fictional 1960s rock group.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A once or future 'VH1 movie that rocks.'

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Scott Weinberg

The charitable might be tempted to describe The Five Heartbeats as wholesome and well-intentioned -- but so is a 6-year-old who just crayon-scrawled "I love cookies" on the living room wall.

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Fascade Fiveoneeight
SOULFULLY delightful...see this the go to "Dreamgirls"... as a follow will...float on a soulful cloud. See it!