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  • Summary: Four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey come together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs they made famous, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 18, 2014
    88
    Jersey Boys tells a familiar story, yes — but rarely told this well and with this much heart and soul.
  2. Reviewed by: Christine Dolan
    Jun 19, 2014
    75
    That built-in nostalgia is part of the reason for the success of Jersey Boys onstage and for its appeal as a movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jun 22, 2014
    67
    Once the quartet makes it big, things get predictable really fast. Eastwood seems to forget that audiences made The Jersey Boys a touring sensation because they love the songs, not because they want to see yet another "Behind the Music"-style tale of fame and fortune not being all they're cracked up to be.
  4. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 18, 2014
    58
    The unfortunate trade-off of Eastwood’s efficient, real-deal classical direction is his stubborn commitment to the script.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    What was blandly charming on stage — characters addressing the audience, ultra-broad jokes and showbiz patter — feels contrived, cheesy and cliched onscreen.
  6. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jun 16, 2014
    50
    It works in the hits, and it casts singers who make those hits sound virtually identical to the original versions. What the movie doesn't do is answer the question, “Why did I just spend 134 minutes watching the Frankie Valli episode of ‘Behind the Music'?”
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 19, 2014
    25
    The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there’s nothing but an empty chair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jun 28, 2014
    10
    I agree with the person who said listen to the peoples reviews not the critics over this film. It was well made you felt you were back in the day as so authentic. A thoroughly enjoyable film ,well acted and presented.I cant tell you how much we enjoyed it other than to say we have already been to see it twice and will buy as soon as it comes out on DVD welldone Clint. .definetly worth going to see.Such a shame if it doesnt get the people in it so deserves .we also all ended up on our feet dancing. AMAZING Expand
  2. MXJ
    Jul 5, 2014
    9
    Clint Eastwood delivers another winner. The film moves along at an excellent pace and the music is never forced. It flows well. Top notch acting. I enjoyed it a little better than the musical. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    8
    At the end of the movie I clapped along with the audience. I cannot stop singing the music. I saw the musical Jersey Boys on Broadway and I enjoyed it almost as much. This is a movie that I will see more than once. I love the narration. Clint Eastwood did a terrific job, as always. Listen to the audience, not the critics on this one - They must have seen a different movie. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2014
    7
    It takes a fair while but eventually this bio-pic based on the better stage show about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons manages to hit most of the right notes. However, it does take nearly a full hour for the film to even begin to find its feet and for the first hit, Sherry, to be sung. Then two more songs quickly follow (Big Girls Don't Cry and Walk Like a Man) within a time frame of 15 minutes. From here on in the film starts to come alive and the second half presents a much more cohesive and digestible movie.

    The opening hour is full of caricature and every cornball cliché in the bio-pic book and makes for tedious, even irritating viewing. This is compounded by an annoying performance from Vincent Piazza as bad boy Tommy, who thankfully all but disappears from the last act. The actors portraying the other band members fare much better. Michael Lomenda is best at delivering the direct to camera monologues, a device which generally adds nothing beyond its gimmicky intent. Erich Bergen stands out as song writer Bobby and John Lloyd Young, after a bit of a struggle, manages to get to grips with Frankie Valli.

    Despite seeming to possess all the right credentials to make the film soar, it has to be said that Clint Eastwood's direction is for the most part both listless and uninspired. The cinematography is flat and the colour palette washed out, especially in the first half. Other production values seem strangely muted for a period piece. There is perfect precision though, in one lengthy but excellent scene revolving around money issues, which also signals the end for the group.

    The last scene over the final credits demonstrates what the film could have technically done better. This sequence is cut well and finally we have some colour and pizzazz in a musical number. Before this, competence alone has reigned supreme leaving the songs themselves to elevate proceedings. Let's face it the film should be all about those songs. Here it's just a shame that the vehicle showcasing them is not firing on all cylinders.
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  5. Jun 21, 2014
    6
    The first 1/3 of the film almost felt like "Goodfellas", and I was really digging the tone (excuse the old saying). And of course all the scenes with the music were really well done and catchy. There were even a handful of clever laughs thrown in.

    The film's biggest problem is maintaining a single tone throughout, especially in the final act. The tempo just hits a wall when it choses to focus more on Frankie than the band, and the enjoyment of the movie suffers because of it.

    The movie is very well-made and 2/3 of it are good. But that other third is slow and borderline boring. Guess we get a little bit of both of Eastwood's directing signatures: when its good its good, but when its slow, oh boy is it slow.
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  6. Jun 21, 2014
    6
    Clint Eastwood makes great dramas - not musicals! This movie should be a feel good musical with a story weaved in. Instead, Mr Eastwood told a dramatic story (or tried to) and included the great Four Seasons music. Even with its flaws, I enjoyed every minute. It just could have been so much better!
    (Remember "Grease?")
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  7. Jul 20, 2014
    3
    The film begins with an exciting tone but quickly overdose it. The film is a 2 hour show of why Frankie Valli should be known in the world and rather than letting the Frankie Valli story prove his significance through an autobiographical film. It seems the movie is trying to ruthlessly 'convince' the audience that Frankie Valli is great and a wiseguy. Also the portrayal of Italian culture at times was deeply comical and borderline offensive. The portrayal of gangster culture and figures was deeply cliche and stereotypical and you can tell that nobody involved in writing has ever seen basic gangster classics like Goodfellas. If I had to describe the movie, it would be like a high school play about Frankie Valli with the cast being the local prep squad and drama club who have never seen a crime genre movie in their lives. Clint Eastwood fails at trying to prove himself as a director miserably. This is one movie where nobody feels lucky at the end. Expand

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