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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2017
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  • Summary: Featuring interviews and footage from recording session with such artists as Bono, Eminem, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, N.W.A, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, and Gwen Stefani, the four-part Allen Hughes documentary chronicles how Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine becameFeaturing interviews and footage from recording session with such artists as Bono, Eminem, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, N.W.A, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, and Gwen Stefani, the four-part Allen Hughes documentary chronicles how Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine became leaders of their own music empires and business partners. Expand
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 6, 2017
    91
    Through five meticulously captured hours chronicling their lives’ work, Dre and Iovine are shown bucking expectations and sticking to their guns in the face of unparalleled adversity. Their accomplishments are great, but their defeats aren’t ignored.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jul 7, 2017
    80
    The last part of the documentary is a bit like an ad for Beats Music and Apple--and everything wonderful to come from these two men. “Apple is music,” says Iovine. But it’s the earlier hours that make The Defiant Ones a must watch for anyone invested in the history of hip-hop or modern pop.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 6, 2017
    80
    The film, more than four hours long end-to-end, is the kind of solid but friendly documentary all celebrities dream of having made about them, awash in jaw-dropping sweeps of Malibu beach houses, visits to luxe mansion interiors and private-jet cabins, supplemented by drone’s-eye views of yachts and estates and perfect lighting everywhere Iovine and Dre go. Despite its fixation on provocative and at times harrowing (and even criminal) travails, The Defiant Ones never stops basking in the permaglow of their success.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 18, 2017
    80
    The Defiant Ones sends you away admiring the two guys who made the big score.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 7, 2017
    75
    The Defiant Ones stumbles most in the final half-hour, which often feels like a commercial for Beats headphones, the latest mega-success for Iovine and Dre. Although, by that point, I didn’t really care because I had heard so many interesting stories over the previous three-and-a-half episodes. Most of all, I was allowed insight into two men who lived up to the adjective in the title of this show.
  6. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Jul 7, 2017
    70
    The Defiant Ones, a glossy, rapidly-paced, ambitious and often fun four-part biographical documentary.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Eric Renner Brown
    Jul 6, 2017
    67
    It's an instructive deep dive, sure, but one that too often veers into hagiography. [7 Jul 2017, p.53]

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  1. Jul 10, 2017
    10
    Just finished watching all 4 episodes of The Defiant Ones.
    Man, the documentary is on another level. The music on the background made me
    Just finished watching all 4 episodes of The Defiant Ones.
    Man, the documentary is on another level. The music on the background made me goosebumps in every 2-3 minutes. It's pure quality.
    Full of unseen video footage, rare pictures, never-before heard stories. So many emotions...
    Well done the director and all the stuff and thank you for giving us the pleasure to witness the legendary Dre and Jimmy.
    Dre is definitely the biggest name in hip-hop history.
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