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Reviews: Jersey Boys (2014)

jersey_boysReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Forse ci sarebbe voluto il Martin Scorsese dei bei tempi, per restituire alla storia di Frankie Valli e dei Four Seasons il senso di un percorso.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The songs are great…the movie’s a mess.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood se da el gusto de ponerse tras las cámaras de un musical con este atrancado repaso a la historia de los legendarios Four Seasons. Una propuesta que se atasca a mitad de camino, correcta formalmente pero sin mayor trascendencia.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A biopicture about the pop music group worth seeing for the playful and melodic songs.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Jersey Boys” is a stroll through the park with your aging uncle who adores Frankie Valli and makes you listen to records as he recalls the good old days. Sure, there’s a certain warmth to it, but even at the ripe middle age of 42, I found myself antsy and wanting to move on almost as soon as the movie starts.
  • Bob Cashill @
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: In adapting the Broadway musical to film director Clint Eastwood uses the old neighborhood brotherhood as his base note, layering in the conflicts among the original four members with the play’s pass-the-baton, Rashomon-like, direct address device.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Eastwood stands aside in deference to the material, a by-the-numbers biopic that would be merely serviceable were it not for the group’s memorable music.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un Eastwood menor, pero un Eastwood al fin y al cabo.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Too long, not well-focused and a tad too edgy for its own good, this is still an entertaining movie when it counts. “Jersey Boys” may have a messy bridge, but it does hit the high notes.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: One gets the sense that the movie … likes the music of the Four Seasons but doesn’t entirely respect it.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Subdued, nostalgic behind-the-music story of this iconic rock’n’ roll group…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What made the original such a joy was the wonderful plethora of hit songs from the Four Seasons, not the generic Behind the Music-style story. Eastwood highlights the weakest aspects of the play while de-emphasizing the music.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Director Clint Eastwood’s discomfort with his own material is enormous and obvious. Does he just not get pop music, or is he actively disdainful and suspicious of it?
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: For all the wonderful performances and quirky stories behind the songs you know so well, the film’s sputtering and lurching second half is enough to weigh down the film’s overall feel good vibe.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys is an enjoyable but ultimately straightforward stage-to-screen transfer – over-polished and lacking in the raw energy that made its source material so enchanting.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys should explode and pop off the screen, and it just seems unremarkable and bereft of dramatic interest. Those timelessly catchy doo-wop tunes will surely stick in your head, but the last thing the viewer should feel at the end of the show is neutral.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Clint Eastwood’s new film of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys delivers enough moments of wit and candor to nearly escape this sort of reductive criticism.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Jersey? Sure.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Jersey Boys marks the first—and hopefully only—time I have left a movie thinking, “Gee, I wonder what Adam Shankman could have done with that.”
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: I’d guess you wouldn’t find yourself in the theater if you weren’t already a fan. But if you happen to, it’ll be nearly impossible not to become one.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Neither very entertaining nor especially enlightening…an old-fashioned rags-to-riches-to-rags show-biz melodrama punctuated by a few laughs and some musical interludes.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:28 pm

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