Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 22, 2011
    100
    By introducing funky licks, fancy footwork and many of his own compositions to the band's stodgy set list of jazz standards, this indomitable leader (whose declining health adds a poignant twang to the film's final scenes) instilled racial pride alongside musical competency.
  2. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 29, 2011
    89
    Music has rarely appeared more essential to the human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 28, 2011
    83
    Everything here is pitched relentlessly toward uplift, but at least that uplift is genuine, the product of one visionary's indomitable will and a musical universe he brought into existence through vision, dedication, and plenty of stubborn hard work.

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