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  • Summary: The son of a preacher rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success and failure, and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals whoThe son of a preacher rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success and failure, and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really is. It’s a captivating story about a family restored, and a life discovered. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 17 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Sep 5, 2014
    50
    The Identical evangelizes and entertains with sincere mediocrity. If the style is unremarkably mainstream, the message is theologically murky.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 3, 2014
    50
    It’s the kind of curio that’s arguably more interesting to think about than to watch — a plodding melodrama that mixes royalty-free Elvis worship with preachy proselytizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 4, 2014
    40
    All things considered, The Identical might have worked better as a TV miniseries, a format that would allowed the filmmakers to give equal time to Hemsley’s story.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 4, 2014
    30
    Even allowing The Identical its premise, the reframing of the Elvis myth as a wholesome example of following God’s plan is not as inspirational as the film seems to believe. Rock fantasies are rarely this milquetoast.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 5, 2014
    25
    Everyone on screen looks like they'd rather be anywhere else than under the control of novice director Dustin Marcellino, whose first (and hopefully last) feature this is.
  6. 25
    A musical mashup of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis biography and myth, The Identical plays like a failed faith-based “Inside Llewyn Davis.” And that’s the closest thing to a compliment it will get.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Aug 30, 2014
    0
    The film's so preoccupied with being "inspirational" that it disastrously fails to evoke the allure of rock n' roll, particularly in America in the 1950s, when it represented an erosion of racial and sexual barriers.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    I liked it! Ray has a sermon where he honors Israel and he explains how God loves the Jews.
    It serves it's purpose and it has a message.
    I liked it! Ray has a sermon where he honors Israel and he explains how God loves the Jews.
    It serves it's purpose and it has a message. Don't be so quick to criticize something that is intrinsically good.
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  2. Jan 2, 2015
    4
    It's an OK movie... if you've never seen or heard of Elvis and know nothing about the early days of Rock and Roll.

    The casting of a Presley
    It's an OK movie... if you've never seen or heard of Elvis and know nothing about the early days of Rock and Roll.

    The casting of a Presley lookalike is unforgivably distracting in what could have been a decent little rock and roll fable.

    The music, being central to the plot, is also a major failing. One or two songs hit the right early rock feel - then it goes completely off track.

    The biggest musical failure comes during a faux Ed Sullivan show when they trot out a 90s power ballad, (think about how well "That Thing You Do" pegged the sounds of the early 60s then imagine they stuck in some Pearl Jam in the middle). Then, to make matters worse, that song is repeated throughout the rest of the story.

    Every time you think you might to buy into the premise of "The Identical" they do something incredibly stupid to remind you that you're watching a poorly rendered facsimile of what might have been a decent movie.
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  3. Sep 12, 2014
    1
    In this peculiar twist on the separated-at-birth scenario, one twin becomes a famous rock star, while the other struggles with his calling…isIn this peculiar twist on the separated-at-birth scenario, one twin becomes a famous rock star, while the other struggles with his calling…is it God or Rock and Roll? To make it even more bizarre, the man who plays both twins (Blake Rayne in his awful acting debut) is a former Elvis impersonator, who bears an uncanny look and sound to a cartoon version of The King. Why would they use such an obvious Elvis in a story that isn't about Elvis? Ray Liotta, who plays his preacher father, has plumbed the nadir of his career, then you discover that he's Exec Producer…yikes! The script feels like the worst TV movie ever, the pacing is torture and the original songs are banal and obvious. This is the true meaning of a disaster movie. It only earned 2 points for the hilarious period art direction/wardrobe. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2015
    0
    The WORST movie I have ever seen. EVER. I "went to the bathroom" several times in the film just to get away from this horrendous mess of aThe WORST movie I have ever seen. EVER. I "went to the bathroom" several times in the film just to get away from this horrendous mess of a film. Words cannot describe how truly awful this film is. Expand

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