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83
It's an enjoyable ramble, with a feel for what made the early days of rock as wild as any that followed.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
In watching this film, it's best not to worry much about the film's fidelity to history but rather simply lean back and enjoy one great jam session on film.
75
Cadillac Records is an account of the Chess story that depends more on music than history, which is perhaps as it should be. The film is a fascinating record of the evolution of a black musical style, and the tangled motives of the white men who had an instinct for it.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
A satisfying combination of great songs and strong dramatic performances.
75
Mos Def makes a terrific Berry, all flash and confidence, and Wright offers a memorably soulful take on Waters, whether he's strutting, singing, suffering or all three. Walker's Howlin' Wolf is a deep-throated, pride-filled bear of a man who dominates the screen.
75
The film's most memorable performance is by Eamonn Walker, who is scarily good as the singer known as Howlin' Wolf.
70
Cadillac Records may be a mess dramatically, but it's a wonderful mess, and not just because of the great music. The people who made it must have harbored the notion, almost subversive in a season of so many depressing films, that going out to the movies should be fun.
63
The film features too little about Berry (an engaging Mos Def), who crosses over to great fame.
63
Brody plays Chess as a slightly crooked but well-meaning musical cheerleader without fully emerging as a character.
60
There are certain films - let's call them Road Map Movies - that drive you directly from point A to point B to point C, with barely a stop for gas. Cadillac Records is such a film: You see all the major landmarks, but how enlightening can a road trip be if you never even get off the highway?
50
It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.

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