Jimi: All Is by My Side

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  • Summary: Covering a year in Jimi Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming aCovering a year in Jimi Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    Liberated from playing the hits, Benjamin eloquently captures Hendrix’s emerging style without having to succumb to jukebox-musical opportunism.
  2. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    May 30, 2014
    80
    The result is an unpredictable film, a difficult approximation of a biopic. But it delivers a Jimi Hendrix experience somehow the richer for sidelining the man and subverting his music.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 26, 2014
    80
    With Jimi: All Is By My Side, writer-director John Ridley tries to do for the rock biopic what Jimi Hendrix did for rock 'n' roll itself in the 1960s — explode it, redefine it, and help it find its best self.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 25, 2014
    70
    Sure, the hits would have been nice. But it says something about Jimi: All Is by My Side (and Benjamin's performance) that it is still a success without them.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Sep 24, 2014
    63
    Opting for scenes that tend to be fragmented, flawed snippets from a much bigger story, the film exudes a bizarre confidence in not trying to encapsulate the singer's whole life in 120 minutes.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Sep 25, 2014
    60
    All Is By My Side ends just as Hendrix is coming into his glory, but Ridley’s film—a remarkable showcase for Benjamin’s acting talent, and a terrible application of what Werner Herzog called “ecstatic truth”—is in the end a tragedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    May 30, 2014
    25
    The film is not only one dimensional when it comes to its subject, but also of the time and place where Hendrix arrived.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jan 26, 2015
    6
    This is an interesting flick if you don't know about Jimi before he became famous. Before he was labeled a genius. His come up sort of speak.This is an interesting flick if you don't know about Jimi before he became famous. Before he was labeled a genius. His come up sort of speak. However, the movie moved slllllllllllooooooowly with seemingly alot of uncertainty of where the movie was to end. As if the movie started with a different ending that it's original ambition. Andre' (of Outkast fame) was perfect for the role in his appearance but not sure of his acting "chops." The movie is good for a watch, if you got the time-and the patience. Expand
  2. Feb 10, 2015
    5
    A masterfully crafted exhibition of style that, unfortunately, is virtually bereft of focus, character development or narrative. Jimi HendrixA masterfully crafted exhibition of style that, unfortunately, is virtually bereft of focus, character development or narrative. Jimi Hendrix deserves better than this. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2015
    1
    Apart from the fine performance by Outkast's Andre Benjamin, this film was incredibly disappointing. Too much focus on the women in Hendrix'sApart from the fine performance by Outkast's Andre Benjamin, this film was incredibly disappointing. Too much focus on the women in Hendrix's London life and not enough music. How can you make a film about a musician and not feature the songs that made him interesting? Expand