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  • Summary: The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.
  • Director: Judy Chaikin
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 81 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 9, 2013
    100
    The Girls in the Band is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    May 15, 2013
    90
    The retro photos and footage are also bountiful and, natch, jazzily edited enough that the standard talking-head techniques are instantly forgivable.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 6, 2013
    90
    Director Judy Chaikin, who co-wrote the film with its deft editor, Edward Osei-Gyimah, infuses this fine portrait with grace, nostalgia and a well-calibrated dose of social commentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Jun 24, 2013
    90
    Plentiful screen time for three generations of femme jazzers, led by energetic and witty gals from the golden age of big band and swing who unlock a treasure trove of memories, make this a real crowdpleaser.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 24, 2013
    80
    The film is an important step toward repairing the broken links and resurrecting almost a century of music and the women who made it.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Hoekstra
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    Editing seamlessly juxtaposes the women’s stories with historical performance footage. Their stories are so compelling, many suggest their own documentaries.