88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
One for the time capsule.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is the product of his (Friedman) big, shiny love of forgotten soul legends whom superstardom (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I might add) has eluded.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
One of the happiest movies around.
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80

TV Guide

By Steve Simels
Most of the music is as fine and fierce as you could want.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The No. 1 thing Only the Strong Survive will have to survive is being overshadowed by "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." Less focused than last fall's slam-dunk Funk remembrance, Survive is a more modest soul review.
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67

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Agreeable and warm, is content for the most part merely to allude to complexity and darkness in the lives of its subjects.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Captures some remarkably vivid present-day performances by the aging performers.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
The frustrating part is that Only the Strong Survive includes at least as many mundane moments as soul-stirring ones -- and the film isn't much more than a collection of moments.
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30

Film Threat

This film has so many chances to spice up the screen....and passes, I was wondering if I were watching an info-mercial for some kind of "K-Tel Classics- Revisted" album.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Sometimes the story just lies there like an old cat in the sun.
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59 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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