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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,”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. Expand
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: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Dec 15, 2014
    10
    Eastwood directs genres that can be over ratted that can explain its genre its itself thats what he does in his movies But i never knew thatEastwood directs genres that can be over ratted that can explain its genre its itself thats what he does in his movies But i never knew that Dirty Harry himself direct a musical? So i watch this movie it was entertaining in deed the music is good you can dance! thats how fun it was. Acting was superb full of oscar worthy actor and actress. Eastwood has a very interesting directing thats what i love about him i love acting this man can make anything it would be brilliant 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 notchClint 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 20, 2014
    8
    The movie spends a lot more time on the drama behind the music and it is not as uplifting as the musical. The cast is great and so are theThe movie spends a lot more time on the drama behind the music and it is not as uplifting as the musical. The cast is great and so are the songs. All in all, it is still great that the 4 Seasons finally got some appreciation after being overshadowed by the Beatles and Stones. When I saw the play, when Gaudio wrote and they performed Sherry, the audience stood and cheered. The movie did not pack the same punch. Yet, I enjoyed it. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    7
    "Jersey Boys" isn't the most original movie I've ever seen, and it is quite long. However, it's full of heart, energy, and good humor. The"Jersey Boys" isn't the most original movie I've ever seen, and it is quite long. However, it's full of heart, energy, and good humor. The acting is, well, annoying in the first act of the film, but it eventually does get better, and the musical numbers are great. It focuses more on the drama behind the music rather than the music itself, which made the film very interesting. I've never seen the Broadway musical, but this film encourages me to go see it. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2014
    6
    I felt the picture was darker and more somber than I had anticipated. Eastwood is a master at period accuracy, and this movie showed hisI felt the picture was darker and more somber than I had anticipated. Eastwood is a master at period accuracy, and this movie showed his attention to detail. But the drama kept the movie moving at a slower pace, and the music scenes didn't pop. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2015
    6
    A fine musical film.

    It's not as good as "That Thing You Do," "What's Love got to do With It" or "Dream Girls" but it is a nice addition to
    A fine musical film.

    It's not as good as "That Thing You Do," "What's Love got to do With It" or "Dream Girls" but it is a nice addition to the genre. These films all end the same but it's the journey not the destination.
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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 andThe 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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