Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Marley was directed by the gifted Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
By the end you feel you've learned something about the man, yet his mystique emerges intact.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
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New York Daily News

Though the course of the movie, viewers learns a lot about the star's generosity, sense of justice and power in Jamaica, but also about his naivete.
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By Ian Buckwalter
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
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Boston Globe

It's an outstanding, warts-and-all look at reggae legend Bob Marley.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There is no diverting from strict chronology, no point the documentary wants to make that requires moving forward and back through time. It just inches ahead, one year to another, sometimes one day to another. By the middle, each time a year changes, it's a relief.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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