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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Reviews

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August 22, 2008
Even after decades of performing the same songs, the energy never flags.
December 1, 2002
As a documentary, Motown isn't all that great. But as a celebration of music, it's absolutely incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2009
A beautiful portrait of true music artists that never got their due.
November 18, 2002
Guaranteed to move anyone who ever shook, rattled, or rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 26, 2002
Director Paul Justman hits all the right notes.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2002
The documentary makes no waves and tries to be as upbeat as the musicians it tells about.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 6, 2002
It's a glorious groove that leaves you wanting more.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2002
Justman's affectionate doc provides the pleasure of hearing one classic pop hook after another performed by a still tight unit, as well as the spectacle of veteran sidemen sitting around talking music.
November 14, 2002
Much of the movie's value is to document these particular players making beautiful music.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2002
Moving and heartfelt documentary about the overlooked heart of the Motown Sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2002
Ain't no mountain high enough to keep the Funk Brothers from getting to you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2002
This salute to the literally unsung and underrecognized studio heroes of Motown is so good because it is one of those rare documentaries that combine information with smashing entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2002
If there is any doubt about the Funk Brothers' key contributions to the Motown sound, it's dispelled when these aging musicians take the stage with contemporary performers who re-create the classics.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
Gives credit where credit's due.
November 15, 2002
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is one hell of a party, and it doesn't let anything get in the way of that.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2002
Try as you might to resist, if you've got a place in your heart for Smokey Robinson, this movie will worm its way there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2002
I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
November 22, 2002
This documentary made me laugh, made me cry, and I had to bite my tongue to keep from singing along. It's informative, entertaining, and hard not to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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