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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
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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: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Apr 22, 2015
    10
    This is a great movie from rags to riches but with a back story that's shows what the group went through
    as a sacrifice. I highly recommend
    This is a great movie from rags to riches but with a back story that's shows what the group went through
    as a sacrifice. I highly recommend it. Vincent Piazza makes his mark as a great actor here.
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  2. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    The single review I read before seeing this film was over-the-top nasty -- but also mostly wrong. The reviewer, presumably a relativeThe single review I read before seeing this film was over-the-top nasty -- but also mostly wrong. The reviewer, presumably a relative youngster, appears to have missed the fact that the material was deliberately presented in the hokey style of a 1940s/50s Hollywood biopic. Plot points in 'Jersey Boys' are not subtle, the gangsters are not Joe Pesci-style psychopaths, and the acting is definitely not Method. Some biopics that possess the gritty qualities of real life – films about Johnny Cash, Lenny Bruce, Ray Charles, Jacqueline Dupre and Andy Kaufman come to mind -- are engrossing as a kind of cinema verite. But equally engrossing are some of the hokiest bios of an earlier generation, including The Glenn Miller Story, The Five Pennies, The Eddy Duchin Story, The Pride of the Yankees and Lust for Life (Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh.)

    A key point in Jersey Boys concerns how Frankie Valli's career took off when song writer Bob Gaudio entered his life musically. Valli had been singing Dean Martin-type songs before then, and although it's clear that his voice would have been interesting to anyone in the audience, the songs failed to take advantage of his unique vocal gifts. So when Gaudio sits down at the piano and riffs a “perfect” Frankie Valli song, viewers get the same electrical jolt that Valli himself and the members of his band must have felt when they realized what had been missing from their music all along. Although it's possible that no such epiphany occurred and that the musical meshing of Gaudio and Valli evolved over weeks or months rather than in a single, dramatically charged instant, the film succeeds at artfully compressing the process so that it packs an old-fashioned dramatic wallop.

    As Picasso said, art is a lie that tells the truth. Director Eastwood does this so well here that we are reminded not only of his great gift for presenting musical themes and subjects, but of the enormous skill he has acquired as a director over the years in choosing which details to emphasize visually and aurally. Eastwood is no less talented as a producer, and he has spared no expense in giving this film the look of the Fifties and Sixties when the Four Seasons climbed from obscurity to the top of the pop-music world. If you enjoyed the stage version of “Jersey Boys,” you will also appreciate the addition of some important biographical material that presumably was cut from the play because it might have bogged it down. It adds dramatic weight to the story without burdening viewers with too many plot lines and characters. This is one of the summer’s best films so far, a great “date movie,” and a highly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.
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  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 IAt 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. 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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