Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    For the most part, though, Who Do You Love does a marvelous job of recreating the times and the music and, most of all, of bringing to life this behind-the-scenes giant of the music business.
  2. Who Do You Love, directed by Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks, pays attention to the music but to its credit pays even more attention to the actors and story.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Ultimately an entertaining story about a deeply lonely man.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nostalgia and blues buffs who missed that lively film ("Cadillac Records") could do worse than this entertaining, if sometimes slight, revisit directed by Broadway veteran Jerry Zaks.
  5. Sitting on the shelf since 2008, when it was muscled out of the marketplace by "Cadillac Records," Sony's glossy, star-studded movie about Leonard. But it's clearly the better movie, earthier, wittier, and more intimate in its treatment of America's racial divide in the 1950s.
  6. As Leonard, Nivola isn’t bad, which is good, since the entire movie revolves around him.
  7. 63
    I think more edge is needed, more reality about the racial situation at the time, more insight into how and why R&B and rock ’n’ roll actually did forever transform societies in America and the world.
  8. Has neither the star power nor the epic sense of itself that infused “Cadillac Records,” the 2008 film on the same subject.
  9. 58
    Works best when it isn’t about freezing time and explaining moments in pop-music history, but is instead about guys playing music together.
  10. 50
    There isn't anything especially wrong with Who Do You Love but there's nothing here that cries out to be seen, either. Read more:
  11. 40
    Even if you can miraculously avoid comparing this take on rock & roll record maker Leonard Chess (Nivola) to 2008’s similar Cadillac Records, Jerry Zaks’s lukewarm biopic still won’t get your fingers snapping; it’d be a runt in any litter.
  12. The music will keep you in your seat, but there's so much more to this story. If only they'd gotten it right the second time around.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Goes from awful to insufferable.
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  1. Jun 27, 2014
    I saw this at the 2008 Toronto Festival and loved it!!! Very well done and very enjoyable! Sorry it did not score commercially... All shouldI saw this at the 2008 Toronto Festival and loved it!!! Very well done and very enjoyable! Sorry it did not score commercially... All should see this--- it is real and compelling and interesting... Enjoy! Best, Neal H. Hurwitz NY NY 212-222-9112 Full Review »