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  • Summary: A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z. Featuring remarkable performances and fascinating backstage interviews with many of today’sA celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by rap superstar Jay Z. Featuring remarkable performances and fascinating backstage interviews with many of today’s biggest music stars, Made in America shows how one giant celebration of music can change people's lives. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 20, 2014
    83
    Made in America proves that the American dream is undeniably powerful, even to those who have accomplished so much that they have to appreciate it in a form that borders on the abstract.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jun 7, 2014
    70
    The pic is less than fully satisfying as a conventional performance cavalcade, but sustains considerable interest as a behind-the-scenes overview of a musically and culturally diverse event.
  3. 63
    Some of the profane hip hop acts seem dated in the sea of upbeat soul, pop and alt-rock acts presented here. But Pearl Jam and Run-DMC, inspiring joyous sing-alongs to their hits, just seem timeless.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Jul 7, 2014
    50
    What could have been a spirited dissection of Jay-Z's optimistic enterprise is instead merely an advertisement for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Heller
    Jul 10, 2014
    42
    Jay Z spends much of the film trumpeting his own keen eye for diversity, without acknowledging the fact that as festival bills go, Made In America is utterly unremarkable—and nowhere near as diverse as he claims.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 8, 2014
    30
    There's no type of documentary as shallow as those covering modern music festivals, a fact reconfirmed by Made in America.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 8, 2014
    20
    Made In America is a puff piece, a shallow, insufferable exercise in hagiography that seems to operate under the delusion that a festival bill combining rock, pop, and rap acts represents a dazzling innovation, not the status quo for festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and countless others.

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