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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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April 1, 2020
One of the most influential music documentaries of recent years and one of the best.
April 28, 2018
Terrific entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 22, 2017
I'd rather see them play music with the original artists, with each other, or in archival clips (of which there are plenty).
January 2, 2012
may not be the most creative of documentaries, but it's certainly an essential one that all music lovers should see and hear
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 29, 2009
A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due.
August 22, 2008
Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags.
June 21, 2007
The brothers missed out on glory back in the day, but I can't help but think that this cinematic labour of love (fourteen years in the making) will make these guys finally feel what they were missing.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
February 16, 2004
The feel-good documentary of the year, featuring the irresistible 1960s music that made Detroit famous.
August 31, 2003
The cheap and easy recycling of old myths and superficial treatment given the significant social milieu of the time is startling.
Read More | Original Score: 61/100
August 1, 2003
...guaranteed to turn Motown neophytes into fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2003
An immensely entertaining look at some of the unsung heroes of 20th century pop music.
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March 17, 2003
Like some of the poppier Hitsville U.S.A. songs, the film is a little too slick and a little too warm-and-fuzzy... but it is always engrossing and enjoyable...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2003
Unsung heroes of some of pop music's finest moments get to stand up and be counted in this documentary/concert/tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2003
The combination of restored history, great music and rich anecdotes make Standing in the Shadows sublime entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 10/10
January 19, 2003
Standing in the Shadows of Motown takes one of the great unknown stories in music history and translates it to the screen in the blandest way possible.
January 11, 2003
Fans of all types of popular music will find it irreplaceable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 8, 2003
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the best kind of documentary, one that makes a depleted yesterday feel very much like a brand-new tomorrow.
January 7, 2003
If you love the music, and I do, its hard to imagine having more fun watching a documentary ...
January 3, 2003
...the music - the sweet soul music - is national treasure.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
December 27, 2002
The Funk Brothers seem to have hardly missed a beat.
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