Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's an enjoyable ramble, with a feel for what made the early days of rock as wild as any that followed.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In watching this film, it's best not to worry much about the film's fidelity to history but rather simply lean back and enjoy one great jam session on film.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Cadillac Records is an account of the Chess story that depends more on music than history, which is perhaps as it should be. The film is a fascinating record of the evolution of a black musical style, and the tangled motives of the white men who had an instinct for it.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music. The people who made it must have harbored the notion, almost subversive in a season of so many depressing films, that going out to the movies should be fun.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Brody plays Chess as a slightly crooked but well-meaning musical cheerleader without fully emerging as a character.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a hell of a story, and Cadillac Records wants to tell it so badly that it threatens to warp the narrative out of recognition.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film features too little about Berry (an engaging Mos Def), who crosses over to great fame.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are certain films - let's call them Road Map Movies - that drive you directly from point A to point B to point C, with barely a stop for gas. Cadillac Records is such a film: You see all the major landmarks, but how enlightening can a road trip be if you never even get off the highway?
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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