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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)



Critic Consensus: Entertaining for longtime fans as well as casually interested viewers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool burnishes the legacy of a brilliant artist.

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A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15)

Davis is demystified and deconstructed in this corrective - and excellent - portrait.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Like many music documentaries, this profile of groundbreaking trumpet player and bandleader Miles Davis feels constrained by its conventional length, and devotes too little time to too many subjects.

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

A well-made account of both the man's achievements and his jerkiness.

October 23, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The result, for the most part, is pleasant and informative, if not particularly inspiring or revelatory. But now and then, the music and images can't help but break through.

September 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is kind of brilliant in the way it covers and contextualizes more than 50 years of groundbreaking music in barely two hours.

September 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a film that Miles himself would recognize - truthful, gritty, elegantly musical, unpredictable and even surprising - the kind of complex yet elegiac tribute a man as relentlessly real as Miles Davis deserves.

September 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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