Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    88
    It's a modest but highly enjoyable tribute.
  2. Good times and bum times, they've seen it all and they're still here. Lucky us.
  3. 75
    They're frank, funny, resilient and altogether captivating.
  4. The film could be more adept and probing, but the ladies - Cleo Hayes, Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Fay Ray, and Geri Kennedy - are delightful.
  5. This is a film about brave women who left home as teenagers and have been on their own ever since. Now, nearing the end of that road, they face their inevitable decline with a cheerful vivacity.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Providing an inspiration for active retirement, the ex-Harlem Renaissance chorus girls profiled in docu Been Rich All My Life are still shaking booty while most of their contemporaries can only shuffle their walkers.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    70
    The Silver Belles are bold, brash, and gorgeously awake, and their willingness to live large is thrilling.
  8. An admiring portrait of the Silver Belles, a troupe of veteran Harlem tap dancers between the ages of 84 and 96, is a valuable historical document and a useful how-to movie about making the most of old age.
  9. 70
    Been Rich All My Life is something like the "Ballets Russes" of tap dancing. I'm delighted to report that the similarities include the fact that the Belles are transmitting their improvisatory "rhythm tap" style to generations of younger dancers.
  10. A richly uplifting if somewhat rambling portrait of indomitableness in the face of old age and infirmity, Been Rich All My Life will be inspirational to young and old alike.
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    70
    MacDonald seems less interested in the Silver Belles' past than their inspirational present. Eventually, the inevitable broken hips and dizzy spells take their toll, but those who remain seem determined to shuffle-step their way into the sunset.
  12. An invaluable chapter in the story of our city.
  13. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    A treasure in celebrating remarkable women with a unparalleled zest for life.
  14. 60
    The documentary becomes more poignant and substantial when old age begins to seriously disable some of the dancers.
  15. 50
    The film is generic and uninspired, better suited to public TV than the big screen.
  16. 50
    A so-so documentary about another fascinating, underreported piece of Harlem history.
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  1. SisterDisciple
    Aug 21, 2006
    6
    A richly uplifting if somewhat rambling portrait of indomitableness in the face of old age and infirmity, Been Rich All My Life will be A richly uplifting if somewhat rambling portrait of indomitableness in the face of old age and infirmity, Been Rich All My Life will be inspirational to young and old alike. However it turns out to be A so-so documentary about another fascinating, underreported piece of Harlem history. Full Review »
  2. AlgernonH.
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    Inspiring, funny, thrilling and beautifully made!