Cadillac Records Synopsis
Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) founds a recording company in 1950s Chicago.
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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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80

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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances.
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75

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...
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70

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...
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63

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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63

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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63

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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60

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...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
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WELL DONE!!!!!!! Must see for all music lovers!

By WCinLV
If you love music, this movie is perfect. You get the history along with great performances from some of the best actors of our time. Adrian Brody and Jeffrey Wright are wonderful actors no matter...

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By randic234
I personally loved the movie. every actor in the movie,was fantastic. I think people underestimated Beyonce in the acting field, and in my opion she proved them all wrong. She did outstanding,and...

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By rmadigan
This movie was of interest to anyone interested in the Blues. Also some great vintage automobiles. Lots of sex, drugs, violence. My son and I were able to discuss afterwards a common interest in...

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By pamelabullard
Very Good Actors, soundtrack is awesome...

Very Enjoyable

By harmarster
This is a really good movie espeicially for the older generation. The only song I really knew was At Last by Etta James. I enjoyed all the songs and the characters. I think this was Beyonce's best...

Anybody who reads this review is guaranteed a free cadillac

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This is not a guarantee but a great offer for anyone desperately seeking a good movie. If you enjoy movie's like Ray or Walk the lIne, you will definitely enjoy this movie. It involes the story of...

Could been better

By Lil DK08
Well, I didn't like the movie that much. It was good, but too me it was slow. I was falling asleep. I will give Beyonce her props, she did her thing in the movie. I believe they could have made the...

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By dpinesmedia
Whoa! I spent the late 60's and early 70's in Chicago just after the Chess label ruled. I still have a collection of LPs-- original pressings of Muddy, Etta, the Wolf and Little Walter. We used to...

excellent movie

By destani214
Everyone that knows me knows i love Beyonce however she kills her own projects when she puts herself in the spotlight...this was an excellent movie and it would have gotten the play it deserves if...

Magnificent performances, but not for everyone.

By Nacho Baggo
Beyonce, Brody, Wright, Mos Def and every one else are great. The cast is almost perfect and the music selections are solid, but this falls well short of RAY or WALK THE LINE. It is also unexpectedly...

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Rated R | For pervasive language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Terrific performances make mature musical biopic memorable.
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