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  • Summary: Centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production, the film is a true story of art and politics in America in the 1930s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    90
    Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
  2. 88
    The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray,
  3. 75
    It needs a study guide, and viewing "Citizen Kane" might be a good place to start.
  4. Wildly ambitious, unwieldy epic.
  5. Cradle Will Rock is the masterpiece that wasn't, a magnificent opportunity blown to hell.
  6. 60
    Robbins has made a drastically different film from the one Welles envisioned -- it's wacky where Welles is absurd, cynical where Welles is canny.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2