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  • Summary: In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950's Chicago, Cadillac Records follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. The ensemble is stupendous--howlingly great--and the music goes deep.
  2. Reviewed by: Gene Stout
    83
    The movie's biopic aspect is multiplied by the sheer number of players who made Chess the first family of Chicago blues, R&B and rock 'n' roll...That all of them were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame attests to their enormous influence on popular music and culture.
  3. 80
    Such an exhilarating, spirited piece of work that its embellishments and omissions cease to matter.
  4. The electrifying music helps camouflage the screenplay's hyperbole.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The film features too little about Berry (an engaging Mos Def), who crosses over to great fame.
  6. 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 for gas. Cadillac Records is such a film: You see all the major landmarks, but how enlightening can a road trip be if you never even get off the highway?
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    10
    With everything so wrong, how can there be anything right about Cadillac Records?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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