Touchstone Home Video | Release Date: December 10, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 31 Critics
Positive:
20
Mixed:
10
Negative:
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89
Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake.
88
The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray,
88
Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist).
80
TNT RoughCutDon Kaye
Entertaining and educational.
75
Miami HeraldChristine Dolen
An ensemble cast brimming with great theater actors and movie stars tears into a collection of meaty, moving, funny roles, with largely vibrant results.
67
A frustrating, pedantic, cacophonous jumble of a picture, peopled with as many straw men and caricatures as living, breathing humans.
63
Cradle Will Rock is the masterpiece that wasn't, a magnificent opportunity blown to hell.
63
A fun movie, with moments guaranteed to bring you close to tears. But, like most of Robbins' work, it's a cartoon, an emotional cartoon.
63
An ambitious effort that fails as satire and as history, although it probably succeeds as a cautionary tale.
50
Robbins eschews leftist diatribes for a bold cartoon version of history. It's as crowded and energetic as a big parade...and just about as subtle.
38
There is hardly a moment during this overlong, stunningly smug exercise in moral self-satisfaction when you actually care about a character, real or invented.