Cradle Will Rock

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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.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 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. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist).
  3. Some may find the movie too crowded and preachy to serve as a meaningful history lesson, but it will delight anyone who thinks our cynical age could benefit from recalling the vigorous idealism and venturesome artistry of a bygone era.
  4. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Edvin Beitiks
    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.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Cradle Will Rock is the masterpiece that wasn't, a magnificent opportunity blown to hell.
  6. 60
    Obviously influenced by the style of Robert Altman's multi-character extravaganzas, Robbins has seized on this incident as the centerpiece in a carnival about the conflicts among art, politics and commerce.
  7. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    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