Only the Strong Survive Synopsis
Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker showcase performers of R & B and soul.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

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Sometimes the story just lies there like an old cat in the sun.
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Only The Strong Survive

By marty06
Loved it, loved it, loved it! To hear these living legends chat about themselves and their careers in such an intimate way...as if they're in your living room.And the music, oh the music. Sound...

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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Language and Drug Reference